Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary, Earnings and Wage Info

According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average national salary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers is $47,880 per year or $23.02 per hour.

The median salary is $42,700 and mental health and substance abuse social workers in the 10th percentile make $26,730 a year and those in the upper 90th percentile make $74,650.

Top Employing Industries for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Median salaries for mental health and substance abuse social workers employed by these organizations during 2008 were as follows:
  • Outpatient care centers: $44,420
  • Individual and family services: $43,690
  • Residential mental retardation, mental health and substance abuse facilities: $42,190
  • Local government (OES designation): $50,680
  • Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals: $53,740

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Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, Salary.com

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