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Clinical Social Worker Salary

The average Clinical Social Worker in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Compensation ranges from $38K on the lower end to $75K per year on the higher end. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Clinical Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$37,017 - $71,307
(Median)
$37K
$51K
$71K
MEDIAN: $50,532
10%
50%
90%

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$18.78 - $41.22
(Median)
$19
$27
$41
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$37,017 - $71,307  
   
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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$37,706 - $74,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.78 - $41.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.49  
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.
)
$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).
)
$37,706 - $74,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198

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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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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


Clinical Social Workers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Psychotherapy, Clinical Supervision, Case Management, and Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Spanish Language 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $46K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $52K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Social Workers make a median salary of $56K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $63K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Social Workers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Hartford (+20 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Columbus is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Detroit (14 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Psychotherapy
up arrow 5%

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Assessment
up arrow 3%

mental health
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 18%
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