Clinical Social Worker Salary

Median pay for Clinical Social Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $51K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $37K, and the top verges on $75K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$36,756 - $71,389
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,561
10%
50%
90%

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$18.72 - $41.30
(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
$36,756 - $71,389  
   
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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$37,493 - $74,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 610
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.72 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.62  
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).
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$37,493 - $74,912  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194

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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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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


Survey results suggest that Clinical Social Workers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Case Management, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like mental health and Spanish Language. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $47K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $52K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Social Workers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Washington (+21 percent), Philadelphia (+16 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Detroit and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Psychotherapy
up arrow 5%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Assessment
up arrow 3%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

mental health
up arrow 7%

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
29%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%