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Distinct Groups (18):
Employment: 2,019,250
Mean Hourly Wage: $22.69
Mean Annual Wage: $47,200
Largest Employment Category—Social and Human Services Assistants—360,650
Smallest Employment Category—Religious Workers, All Other—8,250
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

The Community and Social Services occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 18 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 2,019,250 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $47,200. 

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.  

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Community and Social Services group’s mean hourly wage of $22.69, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $47,200.

Did you know? Interested in metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation? Think Massachusetts. as it takes the top five spots: New Bedford, MA (45.83 per 1,000); Springfield, MA-CT (34.98 per 1,000);

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division (34.68 per 1,000); Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division (33.35 per 1,000); and Worcester, MA-CT (32.54 per 1,000).

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Highest to Lowest Paid Salary (Full List)

By the Numbers: The complete list from the Highest to the Lowest paid:

Job Title (# of members) Annual Mean Wage 
1.    Social Workers, All Other (59,540) $59,410
2.    Health Educators (57,570) $57,900
3.    Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (260,670) $57,620
4.    Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists (87,500) $55,380
5.    Healthcare Social Workers (159,310) $55,510
6.    Marriage and Family Therapists (36,960) $54,090
7.    Clergy (49,320) $49,450
8.    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers (114,040) $47,880
9.    Counselors, All Other (28,380) $47,640
10.  Child, Family, and School Social Workers (298,840) $47,510
11.  Mental Health Counselors (139,820) $46,050
12.  Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other (91,860) $45,540
13.  Directors, Religious Activities and Education (20,590) $44,840
14.  Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors (91,040) $44,160
15.  Community Health Workers (51,900) $41,170
16.  Rehabilitation Counselors (103,030) $38,740
17.  Religious Workers, All Other (8,250) $34,300
18.  Social and Human Service Assistants (360,650) $34,120


What's Hot

What’s Hot: Social Workers and Health Educators have jumped to the top of the Highest Paid. Educational, Vocational and School Counselors continue to thrive with a mean annual wage of $57,620 and Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists continue to make the list at $55,380. 

What’s Not: The largest and smallest job categories by size head up the Lowest Paid list. The underappreciated Social and Human Service Assistants are also undervalued with a mean annual wage at $34,120 and Religious Workers, All Other are also among the Least Paid at $34,300, followed by Rehabilitation Counselors at $38,740. In addition, Directors, Religious Activities and Education are at $44,840 and Clergy at $49,450.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

GPS Your Career

GPS Your Career: According to the BLS, the States with the highest employment level in the Business and Financial Operations occupational group are: 

California (234,350 workers)
New York (175,790)
Texas (111,510)
Pennsylvania (108,820)
Florida (84,600) 

States with the highest concentration of jobs are: 

Vermont (30.17 per 1,000 jobs)
Massachusetts (23.57)
Alaska (23.13)
Montana (21.48)
Connecticut (21.30) 

The top paying States for this occupation are below. The District of Columbia leads the way in this occupation, with California, Connecticut and New Jersey trailing closely.  

District of Columbia  ($56,660 annual mean wage)
California ($54,920)
Connecticut ($54,750)
New Jersey ($54,330)
Alaska ($53,010)