Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary
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|Salary||$29,337 - $58,410|
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|$26,101 - $57,645|
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|Hourly Rate||$10.51 - $24.82|
|Overtime||$16.86 - $41.27|
|Total Pay (||$26,101 - $57,645|
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.Read More...
Social workers also help place children with foster families and group homes. They work directly with these families to help ensure the safest possible environment for the children. Social workers also help to facilitate adoptions by performing various home environment assessments and background interviews. Social workers spend time in an office environment and in the field, typically during regular office hours; however, in emergencies, there may be weekend and off-hour responsibilities as well.
Child, family, or school social workers typically have at least an bachelor's degree in psychology or a related counseling discipline. Counselors are also typically required to be certified by state and local jurisdictions as well. To work in this field, individuals must be an excellent communicator and have an aptitude to work well with children and youth who may be in unstable living environments.
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
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
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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