Community and Social Services Occupation Profiles


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.

Distinct Occupational Types (by size):
Largest Employment CategorySocial and Human Services Assistants—360,650
Smallest Employment Category—Religious Workers, All Other—8,250 

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)


Lowest Paid (from lowest)


What’s Hot: Social Workers and Health Educators have jumped to the top of the Highest Paid. Educational, Vocational and School Counselors continue to thrive with a mean annual wage of $57,620 and Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists continue to make the list at $55,380. 

What’s Not: The largest and smallest job categories by size head up the Lowest Paid list. The underappreciated Social and Human Service Assistants are also undervalued with a mean annual wage at $34,120 and Religious Workers, All Other are also among the Least Paid at $34,300, followed by Rehabilitation Counselors at $38,740. In addition, Directors, Religious Activities and Education are at $44,840 and Clergy at $49,450.

Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here.

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