Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

21-1029 Social Workers, All Other

All social workers not listed separately.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
63,110 1.4 % $26.07 $54,220 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.61 $18.85 $25.91 $32.69 $38.34
Annual Wage (2) $30,380 $39,210 $53,900 $68,000 $79,760


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 16,560 0.30 $27.90 $58,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,480 0.51 $33.97 $70,660
State Government (OES Designation) 9,900 0.44 $23.80 $49,510
Individual and Family Services 8,530 0.68 $19.59 $40,740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,930 0.08 $28.56 $59,400

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services 2,520 1.75 $18.33 $38,120
Individual and Family Services 8,530 0.68 $19.59 $40,740
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,480 0.51 $33.97 $70,660
State Government (OES Designation) 9,900 0.44 $23.80 $49,510
Social Advocacy Organizations 780 0.40 $22.04 $45,840

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 10,480 0.51 $33.97 $70,660
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 670 0.29 $33.46 $69,600
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 210 0.09 $32.05 $66,660
Insurance Carriers (8) (8) $31.85 $66,250
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 90 0.20 $30.53 $63,510


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,530 0.89 1.81 $30.33 $63,080
New York 10,370 1.23 2.50 $27.53 $57,260
Illinois 4,680 0.84 1.71 $25.59 $53,230
Ohio 3,510 0.70 1.43 $22.05 $45,870
Texas 2,890 0.28 0.57 $24.34 $50,630




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Mexico 1,270 1.64 3.33 $21.60 $44,920
Montana 660 1.56 3.16 $18.65 $38,800
New York 10,370 1.23 2.50 $27.53 $57,260
Oregon 1,490 0.94 1.91 $21.50 $44,720
California 12,530 0.89 1.81 $30.33 $63,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 150 0.21 0.42 $32.99 $68,610
District of Columbia 490 0.76 1.54 $32.37 $67,320
South Dakota 80 0.19 0.39 $32.04 $66,640
Minnesota 330 0.13 0.26 $31.47 $65,460
Maryland 1,020 0.41 0.84 $30.74 $63,950





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,780 0.94 1.92 $29.14 $60,610
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,730 0.98 1.98 (8) (8)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,840 0.79 1.61 $25.53 $53,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 1.19 2.42 $32.39 $67,360
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.92 1.86 $29.67 $61,720
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 920 1.73 3.51 $23.91 $49,730
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 800 0.65 1.32 $29.00 $60,310
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 770 0.78 1.59 $23.52 $48,920
Rochester, NY 750 1.54 3.14 $25.55 $53,150
Columbus, OH 730 0.82 1.66 $21.00 $43,670




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Danville, IL 60 2.30 4.68 $29.24 $60,820
Springfield, IL 220 2.08 4.24 $26.53 $55,170
Farmington, NM 100 2.00 4.07 $17.41 $36,210
Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division 160 1.81 3.69 $22.31 $46,400
Madera-Chowchilla, CA 60 1.74 3.54 $30.49 $63,420
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 920 1.73 3.51 $23.91 $49,730
Battle Creek, MI 90 1.71 3.47 $26.04 $54,150
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY 390 1.62 3.29 $30.59 $63,630
Syracuse, NY 480 1.60 3.24 $27.29 $56,770
Rochester, NY 750 1.54 3.14 $25.55 $53,150




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA 30 0.23 0.46 $37.91 $78,840
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.67 1.36 $35.20 $73,220
Springfield, MA-CT 70 0.24 0.49 $34.91 $72,610
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.34 0.69 $34.30 $71,340
Baltimore-Towson, MD 630 0.51 1.03 $34.07 $70,870
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 160 1.27 2.57 $33.99 $70,690
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 350 0.19 0.39 $33.82 $70,340
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (8) (8) (8) $33.68 $70,060
Jackson, MS 50 0.21 0.42 $33.30 $69,260
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 40 0.16 0.32 $32.81 $68,250

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 380 1.99 4.05 $22.83 $47,480
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 290 1.59 3.23 $24.38 $50,700
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 290 2.33 4.73 $21.34 $44,390
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 4.67 $26.94 $56,040
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 260 1.64 3.33 $23.63 $49,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 150 2.36 4.79 $21.27 $44,240
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 290 2.33 4.73 $21.34 $44,390
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 270 2.30 4.67 $26.94 $56,040
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 380 1.99 4.05 $22.83 $47,480
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.98 4.03 $18.11 $37,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 0.94 $31.64 $65,800
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 0.90 $30.51 $63,460
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.35 0.71 $29.65 $61,680
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 60 0.71 1.45 $29.42 $61,180
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.13 $60,600


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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