Pay for Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States is very modest at just $40K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Child, Family, or School Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,634 - $58,197
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$58K
MEDIAN: $40,380
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$10.39 - $24.57
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,634 - $58,197  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$26,499 - $57,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$16.86 - $41.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,499 - $57,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.

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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks

  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker


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Child, Family, or School Social Workers who transition into a Non-Profit Executive Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $60K per year. A common career progression for a Social Worker is to become a MSW Social Worker or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Compared to Child, Family, or School Social Workers, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $13K more.

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Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Child, Family, or School Social Workers make a median salary of $42K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $44K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Child, Family, or School Social Worker in Phoenix:
"How much time you spend driving."
Be patient, let clients tell their story. Don't judge. Be there for them.

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Key Stats for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries


National Average
$39,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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