Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Earnings sit near $38K on the lower side but can approach $75K per year on the higher side. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The majority of Clinical Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$37,084 - $71,913
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,440
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50%
90%

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$19.00 - $41.13
(Median)
$19
$27
$41
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,084 - $71,913  
   
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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$37,779 - $74,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 672
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $41.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.22  
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 - $1,987  
   
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).
)
$37,779 - $74,955  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Case Management, Psychotherapy, and Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, Group Therapy, and mental health. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. For Clinical Social Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. 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


For Clinical Social Workers, working in the bustling city of Hartford has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). In Detroit, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Columbus and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries


Case Management
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Psychotherapy
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Crisis intervention
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National Average
$51,000

Counseling
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Assessment
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Group Therapy
up arrow 7%

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
80 %
Male
20 %

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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