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 26014$28.15/hr$21.07/hr$23.98/hr$27.72/hr$31.95/hr$37.33/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial Activities70$35.79/hr
Professional and Business Services300$34.70/hr
Education and Health Services3,360$26.89/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration600$31.01/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$27.68/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 60$21.77/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 100$23.14/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 120$23.99/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 120$26.22/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 140$29.45/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 160$26.66/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 190$23.29/hr12.4%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 190$23.17/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 220$28.27/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 240$27.91/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 260$27.72/hr7.7%
Southwest Minnesota 260$25.80/hr-5.9%
Rochester MN MSA 360$26.16/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 370$24.21/hr7.4%
Southeast Minnesota 530$26.79/hr8.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,660$30.01/hr15.0%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,000$29.08/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,390$28.31/hr12.4%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 2,490$29.00/hr15.4%
Marriage and Family Therapists 1,380$27.59/hr19.9%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 8,430$26.84/hr9.6%
Rehabilitation Counselors 3,490$18.74/hr-5.2%
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 2,850$41.03/hr11.9%
Social and Human Service Assistants 12,970$17.60/hr8.2%
Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors 4,610$27.41/hr6.7%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 1,580$33.11/hr7.4%
Recreational Therapists 410$27.98/hr12.9%
Health Education Specialists 2,170$27.82/hr9.4%

  • 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.