Clinical Social Worker Salary

For Clinical Social Workers, yearly average wages total $53K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,968 - $74,120
$39K
$53K
$74K
MEDIAN: $53,087
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50%
90%

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$19.22 - $41.33
$19
$27
$41
MEDIAN: $27.19
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$0$77K
Salary $38,968 - $74,120
Bonus $489.36 - $14,681
Total Pay (?
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$39,146 - $77,219
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 519
Hourly Data $0$122
Hourly Rate $19.22 - $41.33
Overtime $15.00 - $122.83
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $489.36 - $14,681
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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$39,146 - $77,219
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 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 may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Social Worker. The average pay for a Social Worker is $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Crisis intervention, Bereavement Counseling, Assessment, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language, Psychotherapy, and mental health. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Social Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 323 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Social Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 170 salaries. An experienced Clinical Social Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 195 salaries. A Clinical Social Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,923

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

For Clinical Social Workers, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Detroit is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Boston and 7 percent less in Philadelphia, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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.

Clinical Social Worker in New Haven:
"Rewarding, but not because of pay."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: The pay.

Clinical Social Worker in Columbus:
Pros: Seeing people change.
Cons: Sitting all day.

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Key Stats for Clinical Social Worker

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$54,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲18%

Assessment
▲12%

Bereavement Counseling
▲12%



National Average
$54,000

▼2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼2%

Patient Counseling
▼6%

Bilingual
▼7%

Group Therapy
▼11%

Psychotherapy
▼12%

mental health
▼12%

Spanish Language
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 18%
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