Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States can expect wages of $52K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Clinical Social Workers (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction for Clinical Social Workers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$38,718 - $73,800
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$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,685
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$18.66 - $40.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,718 - $73,800  
   
Bonus
$727 - $14,950  
Total Pay (?
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$38,767 - $75,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 517
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.66 - $40.30  
   
Overtime
$26.41 - $123.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$727 - $14,950  
   
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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$38,767 - $75,759  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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

  • 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.
  • Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Social Worker


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As Clinical Social Workers make advancements to positions like Social Worker, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, Social Workers make $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Clinical Social Workers seem to require a rather large skill set. Lucky workers who know Crisis intervention can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Bereavement Counseling and Assessment are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 15 percent and 21 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Spanish Language, Psychotherapy, and mental health. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Social Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 323 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Social Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 170 salaries. An experienced Clinical Social Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 195 salaries. A Clinical Social Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,683

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 Minneapolis (+19 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and San Francisco (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Workers in Boston and Philadelphia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Clinical Social Worker Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Clinical Social Worker

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

▲21%

▲11%

▲8%

National Average
$53,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲21%

Assessment
▲15%

Bereavement Counseling
▲15%



▲1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼0%

National Average
$53,000

Patient Counseling
▼4%

Bilingual
▼5%

Group Therapy
▼9%

mental health
▼9%

Psychotherapy
▼10%

Spanish Language
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 17%