Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States can expect wages of $50K per year on average. Earnings sit near $38K on the lower side but can approach $75K per year on the higher side. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Clinical Social Workers (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Clinical Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,280 - $71,846

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$18.90 - $41.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,280 - $71,846  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,002  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $1,200  
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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$37,896 - $75,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 686
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.90 - $41.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,002  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $1,200  
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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$37,896 - $75,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215
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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 $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 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, Group Therapy, and mental health. 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.


For Clinical Social Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median 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


For those looking to make money, Clinical Social Workers in Hartford enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Columbus and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Clinical Supervision
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Case Management
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Psychotherapy
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Crisis intervention
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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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National Average
$52,000

Counseling
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Assessment
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mental health
up arrow 7%

Group Therapy
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Spanish Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%
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