Monday, December 14, 2020

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas

There were approximately 175,000 healthcare social workers employed in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to reports published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Healthcare social workers are employed in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, individual family services providers, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers. Healthcare social work professionals generally earn slightly higher salaries than workers in most other occupations.  As of May 2019, the BLS estimated that the national mean wage for healthcare social workers was $59,300 per year, modestly ahead of the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  While healthcare social workers earn slightly better salaries in comparison to most workers, there is considerable variation from region-to-region in how much healthcare social workers earn.  May 2019 data from the BLS shows the following about healthcare social worker pay in the top 20 metro areas in the United States:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 14,180 $63,980
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 7,600 $83,430
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 4,250 $56,830
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 2,870 $60,100
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 2,080 $65,950
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 2,440 $66,660
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 5,020 $50,950
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 3,880 $56,650
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 1,910 $57,500
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 2,170 $59,360
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 5,350 $64,580
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 2,520 $86,560
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,560 $75,900
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 2,030 $56,990
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 2,070 $68,900
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 3,000 $59,130
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,350 $67,400
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,100 $53,200
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 1,940 $56,760
20 St. Louis 3,030 $48,130
National 174,890 $59,300

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on December 5, 2020