Earnings for Clinical Social Workers in the United States come in at around $51K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Clinical Social Workers (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,960 - $73,714
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,306
10%
50%
90%

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$19.45 - $40.81
(Median)
$19
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,960 - $73,714  
   
Bonus
$507 - $14,795  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$39,131 - $75,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.45 - $40.81  
   
Overtime
$25.78 - $124.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$507 - $14,795  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$39,131 - $75,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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.

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Clinical Social Workers' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Social Worker. The typical income for a Social Worker is $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Survey takers working as Clinical Social Workers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Bereavement Counseling, Assessment, Clinical Supervision, and Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, mental health, and Group Therapy. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

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


Clinical Social Workers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $55K. Clinical Social Workers bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Clinical Social Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,312

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Clinical Social Workers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Hartford (+24 percent), Minneapolis (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Detroit and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Social Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Clinical Social Worker?

Clinical Social Worker in Silver Spring:
"Overworked Social Workers."
Pros: Enjoy working with Medicaid population. Families struggling with poverty and mental health.
Cons: Excessive, unpaid hours for ever-increasing paperwork demands and unreimbursed expenses such as gas, mileage, training time, parking.

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 20%

Assessment
up arrow 14%


Crisis intervention
up arrow 8%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
0%

National Average
$52,000

Psychotherapy
up arrow 3%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 4%

Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

mental health
up arrow 9%

Spanish Language
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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