When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $84K annually) can be spotted in Austin, Texas; Eau Claire, Wisc. ($45K), New York, N.Y. ($44K), and Worcester, Mass. (about $38K) are the next top-paying cities. By state, the highest compensation levels appear in Florida, where the average salary is $76K per year.
Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $39K annually. Between the one and five year mark, median pay is $40K per year. The greater proportion of employees (29 percent) report 10-19 years of experience and bring home median pay of $50K annually.
Non-Profit Program Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at around $63K per year — though Social Work Supervisors also do fairly well at $48K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Licensed Clinical Social Workers are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to approximately $57K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Specialist is rewarded with median pay of about $34K annually. Regarding salaries and education, Lutheran Social Services pays those with a Bachelor's Degree the most — $39K.
When it comes to skills, Strategic Planning seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $75K per year. Program Management also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; just under a third of employees surveyed report using it at work. Counseling, Training, and Clinical Supervision are also desirable skills.
Benefits and Perks
Unfortunately, a minority of employees — about 44 percent — are presented with both paid vacation and sick leave. With an eye toward the future, Lutheran Social Services offers several choices in retirement planning such as a 403(b) plan and a 401(k) plan. Nearly all respondents can count on health insurance, and a majority of respondents have dental coverage as a benefit. Lutheran Social Services employees also enjoy perks such as life insurance, a subsidized cell phone, and a casual working environment.