Healthcare social workers

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2019 Workforce
82.5k
Average Age
44.9
Estimated Job Growth
20.1%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$47,962
Average Male Salary
$45,839
Average Female Salary
$48,614

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Healthcare social workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Individual & family services is the industry that employs the most Healthcare social workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Healthcare social workers, by average wage, is Offices of physicians. Healthcare social workers are paid most in Chenango, Delaware & Broome (East) Counties PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Ross & Fayette Counties PUMA, OH.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$47,962
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,325

In 2019, Healthcare social workers earned an average of $47,962, $7,562 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Agricultural and food science technicians make somewhat more than Healthcare social workers while Maintenance & repair workers, general make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Healthcare social workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.281
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Healthcare social workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.281, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Healthcare social workers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Healthcare social workers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Healthcare social workers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Healthcare social workers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

82.5k
2019 Workforce
± 7,052
-13.4%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 13.5%

The number of people employed as Healthcare social workers has been declining at a rate of -13.4%, from 95,315 people in 2018 to 82,544 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Healthcare social workers employed by various industries. Individual & family services employs the largest share of Healthcare social workers at  42.4%, followed by Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 20.1% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 8.29%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Healthcare social workers in the US. The average age of male Healthcare social workers in the workforce is 44.8 and of female Healthcare social workers is 44.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Healthcare social workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

19.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,419
63.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,168

76.5% of Healthcare social workers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Healthcare social workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Healthcare social workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

57.6% of Healthcare social workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 25.1% of Healthcare social workers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Healthcare social workers.

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Age by Gender

44.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.44
44.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.33

The median age of Healthcare social workers is 44.9, and Male employees are generally 0.0905 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Healthcare social workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Healthcare social workers is Psychology but a relatively high number of Healthcare social workers hold a major in Public Administration and Social Service.

Majors

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Healthcare social workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Healthcare social workers are expected to see a growth of 20.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

20.1%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2018 to 2028) for Healthcare social workers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 6.85%, the average rate of national job growth.

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