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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mental health and substance abuse social workers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
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|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|New York|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |