Occupational Employment Statistics


21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 35021$27.62/hr$20.79/hr$23.39/hr$27.29/hr$31.03/hr$36.47/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Financial Activities90$32.74/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health Services3,110$27.62/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration480$30.67/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$27.32/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$28.25/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 70$24.08/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 130$23.70/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 140$28.67/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 140$26.53/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 160$26.36/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 180$25.15/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 190$23.33/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 220$23.93/hr12.4%
Northwest Balance of State 240$27.49/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 250$24.69/hr-5.9%
Rochester MN MSA 320$26.07/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 350$27.29/hr7.7%
Central Minnesota 440$28.58/hr7.4%
Southeast Minnesota 440$25.94/hr8.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,410$29.94/hr15.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,550$29.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,850$28.48/hr12.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 2,830$25.38/hr15.4%
Marriage and Family Therapists 1,040$25.54/hr19.9%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,150$26.60/hr9.6%
Rehabilitation Counselors 3,720$18.65/hr-5.2%
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 3,220$41.40/hr11.9%
Psychiatrists 560>$100/hr15.8%
Social and Human Service Assistants 15,000$17.05/hr8.2%
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors 4,790$27.06/hr6.7%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 1,270$32.80/hr7.4%
Recreational Therapists 390$26.65/hr12.9%

  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
  • Oversee Medicaid- and Medicare-related paperwork and recordkeeping in hospitals.
  • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.