Mental health and substance abuse social workers

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2019 Workforce
18.4k
Average Age
45.7
Estimated Job Growth
19.4%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$60,121
Average Male Salary
$75,581
Average Female Salary
$56,954

About

Mental health and substance abuse social workers are most often employed by the Outpatient care centers industry. The average yearly wage for Mental health and substance abuse social workers was $60,121 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Mental health and substance abuse social workers by wage are Pumping station operators, Lodging managers, and Statistical assistants.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Mental health and substance abuse social workers are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Mental health and substance abuse social workers are .

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Mental health and substance abuse social workers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Outpatient care centers is the industry that employs the most Mental health and substance abuse social workers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Mental health and substance abuse social workers, by average wage, is Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals. Mental health and substance abuse social workers are paid most in false but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$60,121
AVERAGE SALARY
± $7,099

In 2019, Mental health and substance abuse social workers earned an average of $60,121, $4,597 more than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Statistical assistants make somewhat more than Mental health and substance abuse social workers while Pumping station operators make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Mental health and substance abuse social workers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.256
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Mental health and substance abuse social workers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.256, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Mental health and substance abuse 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 Mental health and substance abuse social workers.

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Spatial Concentration

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Mental health and substance abuse social workers, by number of employees, are Outpatient care centers, Individual & family services, and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals.

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Industries by Share

18.4k
2019 Workforce
± 3,328
51.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 18.9%

The number of people employed as Mental health and substance abuse social workers has been growing at a rate of 51.9%, from 12,101 people in 2018 to 18,381 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Mental health and substance abuse social workers employed by various industries. Outpatient care centers employs the largest share of Mental health and substance abuse social workers at  35.2%, followed by Individual & family services with 20% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 11.3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Mental health and substance abuse social workers in the US. The average age of male Mental health and substance abuse social workers in the workforce is 50.7 and of female Mental health and substance abuse social workers is 44.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Mental health and substance abuse social workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

3.13k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 1,372
15.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,032

83% of Mental health and substance abuse social workers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Mental health and substance abuse social workers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Mental health and substance abuse social workers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

74.4% of Mental health and substance abuse social workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 10% of Mental health and substance abuse 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 Mental health and substance abuse social workers.

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Age by Gender

50.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 6.02
44.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.91

The median age of Mental health and substance abuse social workers is 45.7, and Male employees are generally 6.12 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Mental health and substance abuse social workers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Mental health and substance abuse social workers is Psychology but a relatively high number of Mental health and substance abuse 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 Mental health and substance abuse social workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 6.85%, but Mental health and substance abuse social workers are expected to see a growth of 19.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

19.4%
ESTIMATED GROWTH
6.85%
NATIONAL AVERAGE

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

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