Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States take home approximately $51K per year on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $38K and $75K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Clinical Social Workers who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. For the most part, Clinical Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,706 - $72,318
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,681
10%
50%
90%

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$18.96 - $40.41
(Median)
$19
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,706 - $72,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$38,236 - $75,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 785
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.96 - $40.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,998  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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).
)
$38,236 - $75,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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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.

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Clinical Social Workers' salaries may sharply decline when they move into higher-end positions like Social Worker. The typical income 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 Clinical Supervision, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Case Management, and Psychotherapy are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language, mental health, and Bilingual. 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.


Clinical Social Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. 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

National Average: $51,812

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Clinical Social Workers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+20 percent), Houston (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and New Haven (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (13 percent less) and Columbus (12 percent less).

Clinical Social Worker Reviews

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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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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Case Management
up arrow 2%

Psychotherapy
up arrow 1%

Assessment
0%

Patient Counseling
0%

National Average
$52,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

mental health
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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