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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,230
25th Percentile Wage
$33,610
50th Percentile Wage
$43,250
75th Percentile Wage
$57,930
90th Percentile Wage
$76,020

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 $76,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,230. Take note 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 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mental health and substance abuse social workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,250
1.27% 7.56%
2016
$42,700
1.24% -
2015
$42,170
1.87% -
2014
$41,380
0.99% -
2013
$40,970
2.42% -
2012
$39,980
- -

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 8 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $57,350. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $36,540).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$57,350
Educational Services
$49,070
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,240
Health Care and Social Assistance
$42,100
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$42,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,220
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,540

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 $21,510 to $68,490. The highest paying state for mental health and substance abuse social workers is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $68,490. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,510. 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
$68,490
Hawaii
$67,950
District of Columbia
$59,360
Nevada
$58,680
Connecticut
$58,080
New York
$57,260
Maine
$54,540
Wyoming
$53,900
North Dakota
$52,250
Washington
$51,300
New Hampshire
$50,270
California
$49,750
Michigan
$49,230
Minnesota
$49,050
Virginia
$47,000
North Carolina
$46,930
Delaware
$46,560
Wisconsin
$46,550
Oregon
$46,350
Maryland
$44,100
Virgin Islands
$44,020
Alaska
$43,460
Illinois
$42,830
Iowa
$42,510
Colorado
$40,830
Guam
$40,570
Idaho
$40,140
Louisiana
$39,690
Massachusetts
$39,660
New Mexico
$39,640
Rhode Island
$39,030
Texas
$38,700
Utah
$38,660
Arkansas
$38,580
Ohio
$38,370
Florida
$37,820
Indiana
$37,740
Vermont
$37,710
Georgia
$37,480
Mississippi
$37,160
Kansas
$37,030
South Dakota
$35,910
Arizona
$35,340
South Carolina
$35,270
Nebraska
$35,260
Pennsylvania
$35,170
Alabama
$34,810
Missouri
$34,510
Kentucky
$34,310
Oklahoma
$33,440
Montana
$33,320
Tennessee
$32,440
West Virginia
$30,140
Puerto Rico
$21,510



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