Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

21-1094 Community Health Workers

Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs. Excludes "Health Educators" (21-1091).


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)
38,020 2.2 % $18.02 $37,490 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.78 $12.86 $16.64 $21.67 $28.20
Annual Wage (2) $20,340 $26,750 $34,620 $45,080 $58,650


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)
Individual and Family Services 7,960 0.61 $14.81 $30,810
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,700 0.10 $19.07 $39,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 2,920 0.06 $21.66 $45,040
Outpatient Care Centers 2,720 0.43 $16.23 $33,760
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 1,730 0.30 $13.76 $28,610

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 1,520 1.07 $15.75 $32,760
Grantmaking and Giving Services 1,280 1.00 $20.55 $42,740
Social Advocacy Organizations 1,690 0.87 $17.57 $36,540
Individual and Family Services 7,960 0.61 $14.81 $30,810
Outpatient Care Centers 2,720 0.43 $16.23 $33,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 130 0.06 $26.39 $54,900
Insurance Carriers 450 0.04 $25.61 $53,270
Scientific Research and Development Services 380 0.06 $23.02 $47,880
Home Health Care Services 930 0.08 $23.00 $47,830
Office Administrative Services 160 0.04 $22.49 $46,770


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 5,350 0.37 1.28 $20.63 $42,910
Texas 3,340 0.32 1.08 $16.98 $35,320
Illinois 2,130 0.38 1.29 $17.99 $37,420
New York 1,790 0.21 0.72 $17.85 $37,130
Florida 1,660 0.23 0.78 $16.05 $33,390




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)
Hawaii 1,160 1.97 6.74 $14.32 $29,780
Alaska 550 1.72 5.89 $19.00 $39,510
Vermont 490 1.65 5.66 $18.82 $39,140
Oklahoma 820 0.53 1.83 $15.56 $32,370
Maryland 1,340 0.53 1.82 $17.33 $36,060




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 240 0.21 0.73 $24.62 $51,200
New Jersey 470 0.12 0.42 $24.21 $50,350
Washington 400 0.15 0.50 $22.45 $46,700
South Carolina 180 0.10 0.34 $20.71 $43,070
California 5,350 0.37 1.28 $20.63 $42,910





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.37 1.26 $18.46 $38,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.29 0.98 $19.59 $40,740
Honolulu, HI 1,090 2.52 8.63 $14.14 $29,410
Baltimore-Towson, MD 990 0.79 2.70 $16.46 $34,230
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 920 0.18 0.61 $20.10 $41,810
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 900 0.49 1.69 $20.81 $43,290
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 850 0.49 1.69 $18.97 $39,450
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 680 0.54 1.84 $19.44 $40,440
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 640 0.78 2.66 $19.74 $41,050
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 570 0.33 1.12 $17.77 $36,960




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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 300 2.57 8.81 $20.36 $42,350
Honolulu, HI 1,090 2.52 8.63 $14.14 $29,410
Champaign-Urbana, IL 220 2.32 7.97 $16.04 $33,370
Anchorage, AK 310 1.77 6.07 $17.62 $36,660
Stockton, CA 320 1.63 5.58 $20.86 $43,380
Barnstable Town, MA 110 1.18 4.05 $20.51 $42,670
Tyler, TX 110 1.17 4.02 $16.22 $33,740
Columbia, MO 100 1.15 3.93 $14.12 $29,370
Longview, TX 110 1.07 3.67 $12.02 $25,010
Goldsboro, NC 40 0.99 3.38 $17.23 $35,850




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)
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 50 0.22 0.75 $31.56 $65,640
New Haven, CT 40 0.13 0.45 $31.23 $64,950
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 170 0.20 0.70 $27.73 $57,670
Montgomery, AL 120 0.75 2.57 $27.70 $57,620
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 180 0.42 1.44 $26.14 $54,360
Visalia-Porterville, CA (8) (8) (8) $25.92 $53,910
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 530 0.23 0.77 $25.65 $53,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 100 0.07 0.25 $24.16 $50,250
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 30 0.21 0.71 $23.67 $49,230
Waterbury, CT 40 0.65 2.22 $23.63 $49,140

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 200 1.11 3.82 $20.65 $42,960
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.49 8.52 $21.05 $43,780
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 0.80 2.73 $14.33 $29,800
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 160 0.54 1.85 $17.56 $36,530
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 140 0.36 1.24 $13.92 $28,950

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.49 8.52 $21.05 $43,780
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 120 1.86 6.38 $16.59 $34,500
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 1.60 5.49 $20.12 $41,850
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 200 1.11 3.82 $20.65 $42,960
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.88 3.01 $15.02 $31,240

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)
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 0.95 $28.42 $59,110
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.39 1.35 $22.63 $47,060
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 0.78 $22.08 $45,930
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 180 2.49 8.52 $21.05 $43,780
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 200 1.11 3.82 $20.65 $42,960


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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