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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of mental health and substance abuse social workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of mental health and substance abuse social workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The mental health and substance abuse social workers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,730
25th Percentile Wage
$33,240
50th Percentile Wage
$42,700
75th Percentile Wage
$56,610
90th Percentile Wage
$74,650

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mental health and substance abuse social workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mental health and substance abuse social workers is $74,650. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,700. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,730. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 179% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mental health and substance abuse social workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201642,7001.24%6.37%
201542,1701.87%-
201441,3800.99%-
201340,9702.42%-
201239,980--

Table 2. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mental health and substance abuse social workers in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for mental health and substance abuse social workers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $50,430. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $38,590).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$50,430
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$45,610
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$42,810
Health Care and Social Assistance
$41,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$38,590

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only mental health and substance abuse social workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of mental health and substance abuse social workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $19,910 to $66,550. The highest paying state for mental health and substance abuse social workers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $66,550. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,910. For more salary information of mental health and substance abuse social workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Jersey
$66,550
Connecticut
$57,260
Nevada
$56,340
Wyoming
$55,270
Maine
$53,970
District of Columbia
$53,860
New York
$53,000
California
$51,200
Hawaii
$51,020
New Hampshire
$50,600
North Dakota
$50,340
Washington
$48,700
Michigan
$47,620
Utah
$46,530
Delaware
$46,230
Minnesota
$46,030
North Carolina
$45,940
Virginia
$45,490
Wisconsin
$45,000
Alaska
$44,850
Oregon
$44,360
Virgin Islands
$44,020
Maryland
$43,920
Texas
$42,110
Georgia
$41,710
Colorado
$40,890
Iowa
$40,810
Illinois
$40,520
Kansas
$39,590
Massachusetts
$39,340
Florida
$39,210
Rhode Island
$38,860
Indiana
$38,800
Arkansas
$38,520
Idaho
$37,360
Ohio
$37,170
Vermont
$36,930
South Dakota
$36,490
New Mexico
$36,120
Pennsylvania
$35,520
Louisiana
$35,230
Kentucky
$35,160
Alabama
$34,680
Montana
$34,390
South Carolina
$34,350
Missouri
$34,200
Nebraska
$34,010
Mississippi
$33,720
Arizona
$33,610
Tennessee
$32,650
West Virginia
$31,780
Oklahoma
$31,240
Puerto Rico
$19,910


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