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Highest Paying Industries for Healthcare Social Workers

The top 87 highest paying industries for healthcare 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 healthcare social workers. It is followed by retail trade industry (average annual salary $77,760). 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 healthcare social workers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 87 Highest Paying Industries for Healthcare Social Workers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Health and Personal Care Stores
$78,080
n/a
2 Retail Trade
$77,760
n/a
3 Educational Services - Local government owned
$62,690
160
4 Other Insurance Related Activities
$62,020
560
5 Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$62,020
560
6 Temporary Help Services
$61,830
680
7 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$61,170
1,940
8 Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals
$60,890
2,160
9 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$59,790
1,950
10 Finance and Insurance
$59,790
1,950
11 Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists
$59,000
610
12 Specialty hospitals - State government owned
$58,840
210
13 Employment Services
$58,830
970
14 Insurance Carriers
$58,790
1,390
15 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$58,600
34,990
16 Hospitals - Privately owned
$58,490
38,220
17 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$58,290
41,570
18 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - State government owned
$58,230
1,880
19 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$58,180
46,000
20 Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$58,100
1,150
21 Hospitals - State government owned
$57,710
3,040
22 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$57,680
230
23 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$56,920
310
24 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$55,990
4,700
25 Hospitals - Local government owned
$55,920
4,740
26 Administrative and Support Services
$55,790
1,400
27 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$55,790
1,400
28 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$55,600
950
29 State government, including schools and hospitals
$55,390
11,040
30 Scientific Research and Development Services
$55,220
440
31 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$54,860
7,290
32 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$54,620
1,080
33 Home Health Care Services
$54,140
17,220
34 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$53,350
60
35 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$53,330
33,370
36 Educational Services - Privately owned
$53,300
500
37 Educational Services
$53,250
1,360
38 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$53,240
23,810
39 Outpatient Care Centers
$53,090
9,110
40 Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$52,700
910
41 All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
$52,690
910
42 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$52,670
200
43 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,540
1,060
44 Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,990
121,290
45 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
$51,540
2,280
46 Offices of Physicians
$51,480
4,340
47 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$51,460
15,160
48 Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,460
15,160
49 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$51,270
12,770
50 Educational Support Services - Privately owned
$51,120
n/a
51 Office Administrative Services
$50,960
410
52 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$50,910
680
53 Educational Services - State government owned
$50,870
710
54 Offices of Other Health Practitioners
$50,250
1,720
55 Educational Support Services
$50,110
n/a
56 Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$49,620
160
57 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - Privately owned
$49,450
1,290
58 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,240
1,120
59 Offices of All Other Health Practitioners
$48,920
100
60 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$47,990
7,870
61 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$46,780
350
62 Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
$46,470
15,960
63 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$46,080
180
64 Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly
$45,620
3,610
65 Nursing and Residential Care Facilities
$45,350
22,480
66 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$45,240
1,180
67 Consumer Goods Rental
$45,130
50
68 Rental and Leasing Services
$45,130
50
69 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$44,050
2,170
70 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$44,000
2,140
71 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$43,580
80
72 Civic and Social Organizations
$42,430
120
73 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers
$42,160
1,960
74 Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
$42,040
10,960
75 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$41,980
120
76 Social Advocacy Organizations
$41,530
810
77 Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)
$41,510
990
78 Individual and Family Services
$41,040
17,140
79 Social Assistance
$40,600
19,440
80 Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services
$40,150
710
81 Other Residential Care Facilities
$40,120
830
82 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$38,060
60
83 Vocational Rehabilitation Services
$37,870
1,100
84 Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities
$37,740
960
85 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
$36,790
2,080
86 Child Day Care Services
$35,900
500
87 Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities
$35,900
1,120
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