Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Child, Family, or School Social Workers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $26K to $54K per year. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more female Child, Family, or School Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,543 - $56,567
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$57K
MEDIAN: $36,339
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$10.11 - $24.38
(Median)
$10
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,543 - $56,567  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
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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$25,833 - $54,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $24.38  
   
Overtime
$7.93 - $48.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,490  
   
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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$25,833 - $54,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
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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 $59K annually. A common career progression for a Social Worker is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a MSW Social Worker. Compared to Child, Family, or School Social Workers, the first group earns $15K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Child, Family, or School Social Workers usually report a few specific skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Counseling.

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 many Child, Family, or School Social Workers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $34K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $39K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $53K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000

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


Case Management
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National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%
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