Clinical Social Worker Salary

Pay for Clinical Social Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $51K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Clinical Social Workers who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,594 - $73,874
$39K
$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,316
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$18.85 - $40.56
$19
$27
$41
MEDIAN: $27.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,594 - $73,874  
   
Bonus
$727 - $14,950  
Total Pay (?
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$38,684 - $75,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$18.85 - $40.56  
   
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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$38,684 - $75,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168

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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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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 seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Crisis intervention, Bereavement Counseling, and Assessment are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 20 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, mental health, and Group Therapy. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $63K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,288

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Hartford is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Social Workers, 24 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+18 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (11 percent lower) and Philadelphia (4 percent lower).

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 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

▲6%

National Average
$52,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲22%

Bereavement Counseling
▲20%

Assessment
▲15%



▲1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼0%

National Average
$52,000

Patient Counseling
▼1%

Psychotherapy
▼3%

Bilingual
▼4%

Group Therapy
▼9%

mental health
▼9%

Spanish Language
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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