Healthcare social workers

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
96.8k
Average Age
43.9
Estimated Job Growth
14.4%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$49,475
Average Male Salary
$48,592
Average Female Salary
$49,739

About

Healthcare social workers are most often employed by the Individual & family services industry. The average yearly wage for Healthcare social workers was $49,475 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Healthcare social workers by wage are Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors, Miscellaneous health technologists & technicians, and Actors.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Healthcare social workers are Forest Acres City & Dentsville PUMA, SC, Thornton Township PUMA, IL, and Rapides & Vernon Parishes PUMA, LA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Healthcare social workers are Medford & Central Point Cities PUMA, OR, Thornton Township PUMA, IL, and Rapides & Vernon Parishes PUMA, LA.

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 Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Healthcare social workers are paid most in Clinton, Fort Washington (South), Rosaryville & Croom PUMA, MD but are relatively concentrated in Medford & Central Point Cities PUMA, OR.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$49,475
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,517

In 2020, Healthcare social workers earned an average of $49,475, $6,479 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors make somewhat more than Healthcare social workers while Actors 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Healthcare social workers, by average wage, are Management, scientific & technical consulting services, Offices of physicians, and Insurance carriers.

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Industries by Share

96.8k
2020 Workforce
± 7,637
−0.113%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 11.2%

The number of people employed as Healthcare social workers has been declining at a rate of −0.113%, from 96,939 people in 2019 to 96,829 people in 2020.

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  36.9%, followed by Residential care facilities, except skilled nursing facilities with 16.6% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 8.4%.

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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 44.4 and of female Healthcare social workers is 43.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Healthcare social workers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

22.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,665
74.5k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,701

77% of Healthcare social workers are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

56.7% of Healthcare social workers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 23.2% 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 Sex

44.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.18
43.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.17

The median age of Healthcare social workers is 43.9, and Male employees are generally 0.647 years older 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 Public Administration and Social Service but a relatively high number of Healthcare social workers hold a major in Public Administration and Social Service.

Majors

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Healthcare Social Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Healthcare Social Workers are expected to see a growth of 14.4% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

14.4%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Healthcare Social Workers. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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