Information About Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers

What is this career like?

I spent a year working as a case manager in a residential drug rehab for teens. Time-management is a hugely helpful skill. I managed a constantly shifting caseload of around 15 teens, and in a typical week, I would write court reports for two, interview and make treatment plans for three or four, assist in managing the daily functioning of the unit (sometimes like monitoring recess at school, sometimes like crowd control), help run process groups, supervise recreation, and staff case conferences with therapists,probation officers, psychiatrist, and supervisors. Hard but rewarding work. I was an hourly employee, and generally worked about 9 hours a day.

Training

Mental health and substance abuse social workers need master's degree.

Degrees for Mental health and substance abuse social workers
Training for Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers
Percent
Less than High School 1.2
High School 6.2
Some College 10.4
Associates Degree 6.0
Bachelors Degree 42.3
Masters Degree 32.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 1.6

Employment

Represents about 137,000 people in the United States- 2.2% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 26,000 more mental health and substance abuse social workers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 61,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, mental health and substance abuse social workers make $20.50 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mental health and substance abuse social workers $12.20 $15.00 $18.80 $24.60 $31.50
Community and social services occupations $11.10 $14.40 $19.10 $26.20 $34.10
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, mental health and substance abuse social workers make $42,650 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mental health and substance abuse social workers $25,520 $31,320 $39,230 $51,280 $65,600
Community and social services occupations $23,160 $29,990 $39,880 $54,650 $71,070
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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