Wednesday, February 24, 2021

20 Best Metropolitan Markets for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

In a December commentary we discussed Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Top 20 Metro Areas.  U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest populations naturally employ far more healthcare social workers than do smaller metro areas. However, for healthcare social workers interested in maximizing their earnings potential, better compensation opportunities may await in smaller metro markets. According to May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), only three of the 20 largest metro areas in the U.S. were among the 20 best metropolitan markets for healthcare social worker pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 130 $90,120
2 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 900 $89,620
3 Salinas, CA 130 $89,500
4 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward (#) 2,520 $86,560
5 Napa, CA N/A $84,370
6 Fresno, CA 390 $83,550
7 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim (#) 7,600 $83,430
8 Springfield, OH 60 $83,000
9 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 450 $82,930
10 Laredo, TX 60 $81,610
11 Santa Rosa, CA 260 $81,290
12 Valdosta, GA 40 $80,950
13 Bakersfield, CA 270 $79,870
14 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 $78,300
15 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 580 $77,960
16 Modesto, CA 200 $76,230
17 Las Cruces, NM 150 $76,130
18 Riverside-San Bernardino (#) 1,560 $75,900
19 Eugene, OR 180 $75,720
20 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,220 $75,440
National 174,890 $59,300

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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