Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States take home an average $50K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $38K, and the top verges on $75K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women make up the vast majority of Clinical Social Workers (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Clinical Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,158 - $71,931
(Median)
$37K
$50K
$72K
MEDIAN: $50,428
10%
50%
90%

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$18.88 - $41.35
(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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,158 - $71,931  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,002  
Profit Sharing
$509 - $1,200  
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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$37,792 - $75,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 681
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.88 - $41.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.42  
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 - $2,002  
   
Profit Sharing
$509 - $1,200  
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).
)
$37,792 - $75,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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 experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Social Worker. That position usually brings in $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Survey results suggest that Clinical Social Workers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Case Management, Psychotherapy, and Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, Group Therapy, and mental health. Case Management and Counseling are also commonly seen together.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. Clinical Social Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $56K. 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


Hartford offers some of the highest pay in the country for Clinical Social Workers, 26 percent above the national average. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Columbus and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries


Case Management
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Psychotherapy
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Crisis intervention
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National Average
$51,000

Counseling
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Assessment
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mental health
up arrow 7%

Group Therapy
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 18%
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