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Highest Paying Industries for Social Workers

The top 100 highest paying industries for social workers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $78,080, health and personal care stores is the highest paying industry for social workers. It is followed by retail trade industry (average annual salary $72,280). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of social workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Social Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Health and Personal Care Stores
$78,080
n/a
2 Retail Trade
$72,280
n/a
3 Federal government, including USPS
$71,910
12,970
4 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$71,910
12,970
5 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$70,340
530
6 Insurance Carriers
$62,610
2,070
7 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,860
30
8 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$60,350
3,050
9 Finance and Insurance
$60,310
3,080
10 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$58,970
32,710
11 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$58,590
2,470
12 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$58,360
2,730
13 Educational Services - Local government owned
$58,290
34,730
14 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$58,280
1,240
15 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$57,900
43,650
16 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$57,870
5,250
17 Hospitals - State government owned
$57,700
n/a
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$57,530
2,210
19 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$57,480
52,770
20 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$57,480
38,090
21 Hospitals - Privately owned
$56,690
52,820
22 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$56,550
67,680
23 Other Insurance Related Activities
$56,310
980
24 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$56,310
980
25 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$56,120
n/a
26 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$55,940
600
27 Educational Services
$55,390
46,870
28 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$54,990
6,910
29 Hospitals - Local government owned
$54,780
n/a
30 Home Health Care Services
$53,650
19,140
31 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$52,960
134,550
32 Real Estate
$51,960
300
33 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$51,760
1,070
34 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$51,750
1,070
35 Legal Services
$51,680
880
36 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$51,240
92,670
37 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$50,860
740
38 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$50,770
2,770
39 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$50,450
244,410
40 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$50,410
12,170
41 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$50,240
n/a
42 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$50,230
190
43 Office Administrative Services
$49,690
520
44 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$49,290
350
45 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$48,830
3,940
46 Educational Services - State government owned
$48,810
3,270
47 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$48,660
191,550
48 Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,660
191,550
49 Other Information Services
$48,570
30
50 Employment Services
$48,380
2,630
51 Educational Support Services - Local government owned
$48,290
820
52 Offices of Physicians
$47,810
8,610
53 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$47,610
n/a
54 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$47,570
4,780
55 Scientific Research and Development Services
$47,480
860
56 Temporary Help Services
$47,430
2,090
57 Administrative and Support Services
$46,980
3,480
58 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$46,980
3,480
59 Educational Services - Privately owned
$46,910
8,870
60 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$46,360
16,760
61 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$46,170
6,700
62 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$46,090
30
63 Religious Organizations
$45,910
560
64 Other Schools and Instruction
$45,720
630
65 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$45,610
1,840
66 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$45,550
80,880
67 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$45,470
610
68 Educational Support Services
$45,440
2,650
69 Junior colleges - State government owned
$45,250
n/a
70 Consumer Goods Rental
$45,130
50
71 Rental and Leasing Services
$45,130
50
72 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$44,550
10,500
73 Personal and Laundry Services
$44,420
n/a
74 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$44,370
8,100
75 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$43,840
1,840
76 State government, including schools and hospitals
$43,680
96,890
77 Technical and Trade Schools
$43,630
n/a
78 Technical and trade schools - Privately owned
$43,170
n/a
79 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$42,970
4,540
80 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$42,960
n/a
81 Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,740
335,800
82 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$42,570
85,910
83 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$42,270
540
84 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$41,870
150
85 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$41,610
3,040
86 Outpatient Care Centers
$41,230
41,480
87 Information
$41,200
140
88 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,810
4,980
89 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,000
13,790
90 Social Advocacy Organizations
$39,990
7,390
91 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$39,960
19,200
92 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$39,940
13,730
93 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$39,470
58,240
94 Activities Related to Real Estate
$38,830
110
95 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$38,630
32,090
96 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$38,060
60
97 Individual and Family Services
$37,910
104,140
98 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$37,420
8,120
99 Social Assistance
$37,320
129,010
100 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$37,310
4,580