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Clinical Social Worker Salary (United States)

For Clinical Social Workers, annual average wages total $50K per year. Pay generally varies between $37K and $75K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more female Clinical Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$36,247 - $71,564
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $50,252
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Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$18.91 - $40.59
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,247 - $71,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,965  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $1,032  
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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$37,158 - $74,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $40.59  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.49  
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 - $1,965  
   
Profit Sharing
$504 - $1,032  
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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$37,158 - $74,614  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 173
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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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Clinical Social Workers may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Social Worker. The average pay for a Social Worker is $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Social Workers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Case Management, Psychotherapy, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include mental health and Spanish Language. Case Management and Counseling are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $52K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $46K. Clinical Social Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $63K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$51,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Social Workers, 33 percent above the national average. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+27 percent), Philadelphia (+21 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). Clinical Social Workers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Clinical Social Workers in Grand Rapids bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Albuquerque and 18 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

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

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Rated 5 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
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 18%