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Clinical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Clinical Social Workers in the United States usually make around $50K per year. Compensation ranges between $36K and $75K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Female Clinical Social Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Most Clinical Social Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$35,603 - $70,893
(Median)
36K
50K
59K
71K
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  
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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  
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, a move to the Social Worker role often correlates with a sharp decline in salary. Social Workers typically make $36K.

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Survey results imply that Clinical Social Workers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Case Management, Psychotherapy, Assessment, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include mental health, Clinical Supervision, and Spanish Language. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $45K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $52K. Clinical Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $63K. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; just over a half of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Philadelphia
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Seattle
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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 those looking to make money, Clinical Social Workers in Houston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+31 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and San Diego (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Grand Rapids, which sits 30 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Albuquerque (19 percent lower) and Columbus (18 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%
Experienced
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National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 4%
Psychotherapy
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Group Therapy
0%
Assessment
0%
National Average
$51,000
Counseling
up arrow 1%
Spanish Language
up arrow 5%
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%