Community and Social Services Occupation Profiles



Distinct Groups (18):
Employment: 2,019,250
Mean Hourly Wage: $22.69
Mean Annual Wage: $47,200
Largest Employment Category—Social and Human Services Assistants—360,650
Smallest Employment Category—Religious Workers, All Other—8,250
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.


The Community and Social Services occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 18 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site. 

Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 2,019,250 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $47,200. 

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.  

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Community and Social Services group’s mean hourly wage of $22.69, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $47,200.

Did you know? Interested in metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation? Think Massachusetts. as it takes the top five spots: New Bedford, MA (45.83 per 1,000); Springfield, MA-CT (34.98 per 1,000);

Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division (34.68 per 1,000); Taunton-Middleborough-Norton, MA NECTA Division (33.35 per 1,000); and Worcester, MA-CT (32.54 per 1,000).

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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