Clinical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Clinical Social Workers in the United States typically take home $50,766 annually. Compensation starts at $36,432 and can reach $74,548 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$35,603 - $70,893
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MEDIAN: $49,672
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Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$18.57 - $40.63
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,603 - $70,893  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $1,597  
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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$36,432 - $74,548  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.57 - $40.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
   
Profit Sharing
$504 - $1,597  
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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$36,432 - $74,548  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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Job Description for Clinical Social Worker

The duties performed by a clinical social worker role are numerous and vary according to the particular setting in which they work. Overall, clinical social workers deliver therapy to individuals who are in need of mental or emotional support, as well as coordinate various other services to help meet individuals’ needs. Clinical social workers’ work environments vary widely depending on their employers; typical employers include hospitals, mental health clinics, residential nursing facilities, home healthcare companies, and substance abuse treatment centers.
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Clinical Social Worker Tasks
  • Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.
  • Coordinate patient interactions from patient care, discharge instructions, follow-up to aftercare information.
  • Negotiate with payers, outreach, family, and third party groups to safeguard patients.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Social Worker

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For Clinical Social Workers, career advancements often correlate with a sharp decline in salary. Lower-level Clinical Social Workers typically earn much more than those in higher-end positions like Social Worker.

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Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Clinical Social Workers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $45K climbs to $53K. Compensation is $55K after 10 to 20 years. As Clinical Social Workers reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $63K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Philadelphia
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Seattle
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Washington
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San Diego
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New Haven
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New York
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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Baltimore
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Detroit
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Columbus
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Albuquerque
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For Clinical Social Workers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, and San Diego, top-paying markets where Clinical Social Workers rake in more than the national norm (+31 percent, +28 percent, +20 percent, and +17 percent). Clinical Social Workers in Grand Rapids earn salaries far below the national average by 30 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Albuquerque (-19 percent) and Columbus (-18 percent).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Case Management
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Psychotherapy
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Group Therapy
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Assessment
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National Average
$51,000
Counseling
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Spanish Language
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Clinical Supervision
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 17%
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