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Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States can expect wages of $50K annually on average. Earnings generally vary between $38K and $75K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$37,075 - $71,181
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,490
10%
50%
90%

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$18.92 - $41.28
(Median)
$19
$27
$41
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,075 - $71,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$37,791 - $75,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 639
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.92 - $41.28  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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).
)
$37,791 - $75,000  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 206
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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 who move into a Social Worker role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Social Workers earn $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Clinical Social Workers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Case Management, and Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language and mental health. 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.


For Clinical Social Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $47K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $52K. Clinical Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. As Clinical Social Workers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Clinical Social Workers that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Hartford offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+24 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and New Haven (+10 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Columbus is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Detroit and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Psychotherapy
up arrow 7%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Assessment
up arrow 1%

mental health
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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