Clinical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Clinical Social Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50,766 annually. The top of the range reaches $74,548 per year, and the bottom approaches $36,432. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Clinical Social Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$35,603 - $70,893
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MEDIAN: $49,672
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Clinical Social Worker Salary (?
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$18.57 - $40.63
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,603 - $70,893  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
Profit Sharing
$504 - $1,597  
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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$36,432 - $74,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 514
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.57 - $40.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $50.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,962  
   
Profit Sharing
$504 - $1,597  
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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$36,432 - $74,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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' salaries may sharply decline with career advancements. Usually, higher-end positions like Social Worker tend to get paid less.

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Survey results show that Clinical Social Workers use a fair number of skills. Case Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include mental health, Clinical Supervision, and Spanish Language. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. Salaries increase to $53K from around $45K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $55K. Clinical Social Workers experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $63K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Social Workers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+31 percent), Seattle (+28 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and San Diego (+17 percent). Place of residency plays a huge part in a Clinical Social Worker's salary, with Grand Rapids Clinical Social Workers earning salaries that are 30 percent less than the national average. Employers in Albuquerque and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-19 percent and -18 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Case Management
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Psychotherapy
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Group Therapy
0%
Assessment
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National Average
$51,000
Counseling
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Spanish Language
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Clinical Supervision
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mental health
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 17%