Sunday, July 18, 2021

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Earlier this summer the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published data indicating that, as of May 2020, there were more than 176,000 healthcare social workers (HSWs) at work in the U.S.  More than 38,000 of those HSW jobs were in the twelve-state Southeastern region of the country.  BLS data reveals the Southeastern U.S. to be a generally poor one for healthcare social worker pay, as no state in the region registers a HSW annual mean wage that tops the national average of $60,470. Moreover, half the states in the region have a HSW annual mean wages that ranks 40th or worse nationally. BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about healthcare social worker pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Healthcare Social Worker Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 2,360 $48,310 49th
AR 1,320 $53,370 39th
FL 10,200 $54,250 37th
GA 3,610 $51,730 45th
KY 2,160 $52,310 42nd
LA 1,790 $55,450 36th
MS 1,430 $48,260 50th
NC 3.370 $57,670 24th
SC 1,980 $57,790 23rd
TN 6,160 $49,990 47th
VA 3,480 $56,350 32nd
WV 830 $52,540 41st
U.S. 176,110 $60,470 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on May 17, 2021

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