Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary

Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most Child, Family, or School Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,337 - $58,410
$29K
$40K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,443
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50%
90%

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$10.51 - $24.82
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,337 - $58,410  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$26,101 - $57,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.51 - $24.82  
   
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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$26,101 - $57,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82
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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. Child, Family, or School Social Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as MSW Social Workers or Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The median paychecks in those roles are $3K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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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.


For Child, Family, or School Social Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $43K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $44K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,775

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Child, Family, or School Social Workers, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Child, Family, or School Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent) and Denver (+19 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Child, Family, or School Social Workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 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

▲14%

▲11%

▲4%

National Average
$39,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

▲2%

Case Management
▼0%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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