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Substance Abuse Social Workers in California

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Substance Abuse Social Workers in California

Is California a good place for you to work as a Substance Abuse Social Worker?

16.3% Jobs Projection
$56,000 Median Salary
1,670 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Substance Abuse Social Workers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Substance Abuse Social Workers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Substance Abuse Social Workers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Substance Abuse Social Workers Work in California?

In 2018, there were 14,840 Substance Abuse Social Workers working in the state.

There were 12,600 Substance Abuse Social Workers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 2,240 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Substance Abuse Social Workers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,160 Substance Abuse Social Workers working in it, which means California has more Substance Abuse Social Workers than average.

Substance Abuse Social Workers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Substance Abuse Social Workers in this state are growing at a rate of 16.3% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 19.4%.

Job Projections for Substance Abuse Social Workers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,670 annual job openings, and a total of 15,700 jobs for California Substance Abuse Social Workers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 15,900 annual jobs and 147,900 total jobs in 2026.

What do Substance Abuse Social Workers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Substance Abuse Social Workers ranged from $31,190 to $102,060 with $56,000 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $14.99 to $49.07. The median hourly rate was $26.92.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $23.92 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $3.00.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Substance Abuse Social Workers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Substance Abuse Social Workers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Substance Abuse Social Workers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 5,670 $56,560
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,800 $67,750
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 990 $51,060
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 790 $50,880
Fresno, CA 550 $43,080
Bakersfield, CA 480 $58,510
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 480 $46,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 440 $73,340
Stockton-Lodi, CA 280 $38,750
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 230 $90,650
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 220 $38,850
Napa, CA 140 $82,070
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 130 $83,940
Redding, CA 130 $58,210
Modesto, CA 110 $44,350
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 100 $74,600
Salinas, CA 100 $47,180
Visalia-Porterville, CA 90 $41,900
El Centro, CA 80 $24,870
Chico, CA 70 $37,060
Madera, CA 50 $82,240

Top States for Substance Abuse Social Workers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Substance Abuse Social Workers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 14,840 $56,000
New York 11,470 $59,250
Pennsylvania 7,860 $36,930
Massachusetts 6,880 $38,330
Texas 6,090 $37,630
Ohio 6,030 $40,240
Virginia 4,720 $47,470
Michigan 4,050 $50,140
Florida 3,760 $38,240
Illinois 3,570 $43,100
Minnesota 2,830 $51,890
Arizona 2,700 $36,570
North Carolina 2,470 $48,550
Wisconsin 2,360 $44,880
Indiana 2,250 $38,270
Washington 2,210 $52,270
Oregon 2,090 $46,270
Maryland 2,090 $45,430
Missouri 2,050 $37,320
Connecticut 1,850 $62,430

Below are the states where Substance Abuse Social Workers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New Jersey $73,840
District of Columbia $71,110
Connecticut $62,430
New York $59,250
Nevada $59,070
New Hampshire $56,940
California $56,000
Hawaii $54,110
Washington $52,270
Minnesota $51,890

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