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Community and Social Services Occupation Profiles



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.

Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers Rapid Growth Video
Community and Social Service Specialists Rapid Growth Video
Community Health Workers  Rapid Growth Video
Counselors  Rapid Growth Video
Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors Rapid Growth Video
Health Educators  Rapid Growth Video
Healthcare Social Workers Rapid Growth Video
Marriage and Family Therapists  Rapid Growth Video
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers Rapid Growth Video
Mental Health Counselors Rapid Growth Video

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rapid Growth Video
Social and Human Services Assistants Rapid Growth Video
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors Rapid Growth Video

Note that a high percentage of this occupation’s job types are anticipated to be in high demand in coming years.

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)

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


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