Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
58,430 1.4 % $26.38 $54,870 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.83 $18.95 $26.23 $33.27 $38.62
Annual Wage (2) $30,840 $39,410 $54,560 $69,190 $80,320


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) 18,270 0.33 $27.91 $58,040
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,020 0.54 $34.21 $71,160
Individual and Family Services 7,210 0.55 $19.57 $40,720
State Government (OES Designation) 6,960 0.32 $21.56 $44,850
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,610 0.07 $29.56 $61,490

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 2,100 1.47 $18.05 $37,530
Individual and Family Services 7,210 0.55 $19.57 $40,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 11,020 0.54 $34.21 $71,160
Social Advocacy Organizations 790 0.40 $21.36 $44,430
Local Government (OES Designation) 18,270 0.33 $27.91 $58,040

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) 11,020 0.54 $34.21 $71,160
Insurance Carriers 790 0.07 $32.31 $67,200
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds 90 0.21 $30.35 $63,120
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,610 0.07 $29.56 $61,490
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.02 $28.75 $59,800


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 13,150 0.92 2.05 $29.98 $62,360
New York 9,490 1.11 2.48 $27.50 $57,210
Ohio 2,880 0.57 1.27 $22.04 $45,830
Florida 2,410 0.33 0.74 $26.31 $54,730
Michigan 2,120 0.54 1.21 $23.17 $48,190




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)
Montana 620 1.43 3.18 $18.70 $38,900
New Mexico 1,100 1.42 3.18 $23.11 $48,080
New York 9,490 1.11 2.48 $27.50 $57,210
Oregon 1,720 1.07 2.39 $21.67 $45,070
California 13,150 0.92 2.05 $29.98 $62,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 90 0.21 0.47 $33.53 $69,750
Maryland 830 0.33 0.73 $33.20 $69,050
South Dakota 80 0.20 0.44 $31.83 $66,210
Minnesota 390 0.15 0.33 $31.45 $65,420
Nevada 180 0.16 0.37 $31.19 $64,870





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 4,360 0.85 1.89 $29.07 $60,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,590 0.93 2.07 $29.61 $61,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,240 1.07 2.39 $29.13 $60,590
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.20 2.68 $35.76 $74,390
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.91 2.04 $31.33 $65,170
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.30 0.67 $27.08 $56,330
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 960 0.95 2.13 $22.95 $47,730
Visalia-Porterville, CA 930 7.06 15.74 $21.48 $44,670
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 900 1.10 2.44 $33.72 $70,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 890 0.99 2.20 $35.42 $73,670




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)
Visalia-Porterville, CA 930 7.06 15.74 $21.48 $44,670
Santa Fe, NM 150 2.63 5.87 $25.82 $53,700
Mansfield, OH 90 1.79 3.98 $25.97 $54,010
Medford, OR 130 1.78 3.96 $22.63 $47,070
Danville, IL 50 1.77 3.96 $29.19 $60,720
Utica-Rome, NY 220 1.76 3.93 $22.67 $47,150
Fresno, CA 550 1.75 3.89 $28.23 $58,720
Missoula, MT 90 1.68 3.76 $18.16 $37,770
Great Falls, MT 60 1.66 3.71 $16.78 $34,910
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 130 1.56 3.48 $30.22 $62,860




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)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,170 1.20 2.68 $35.76 $74,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 890 0.99 2.20 $35.42 $73,670
Manchester, NH 40 0.43 0.97 $35.39 $73,610
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 190 0.34 0.75 $35.16 $73,130
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX 150 1.17 2.61 $34.75 $72,270
Springfield, MA-CT 60 0.20 0.44 $34.55 $71,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.64 1.43 $33.80 $70,300
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 900 1.10 2.44 $33.72 $70,130
Baltimore-Towson, MD 510 0.41 0.90 $33.58 $69,850
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (8) (8) (8) $33.24 $69,130

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 420 2.20 4.90 $21.96 $45,680
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 260 1.62 3.61 $24.18 $50,300
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.50 3.34 $19.63 $40,830
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 170 0.67 1.48 $20.97 $43,620
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 170 1.32 2.95 $21.23 $44,160

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)
Southwestern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 70 2.53 5.64 $24.04 $50,010
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 140 2.21 4.93 $23.23 $48,310
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 420 2.20 4.90 $21.96 $45,680
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.79 4.00 $18.24 $37,930
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 1.67 3.72 $18.02 $37,490

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 40 0.37 0.82 $31.58 $65,680
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 50 0.58 1.30 $29.60 $61,580
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.61 $59,500
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area 40 0.47 1.05 $28.52 $59,310
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.26 $56,690


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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