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 $39K annually. Compensation ranges from $26K on the lower end to $56K per year on the higher end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more female Child, Family, or School Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The majority of Child, Family, or School Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,915 - $58,415
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$58K
MEDIAN: $38,799
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$10.26 - $21.78
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$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,915 - $58,415  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
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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$26,478 - $55,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $21.78  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $47.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
   
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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$26,478 - $55,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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

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

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


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Child, Family, or School Social Workers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Executive Director. The latter position pays an average of $60K annually. Career advancement for the typical Social Worker often leads to becoming a MSW Social Worker or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Child, Family, or School Social Workers report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

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

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


Child, Family, or School Social Workers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $35K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $44K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $53K.

Child, Family, or School Social Worker Advice

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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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$37,000

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


Case Management
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National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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