Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $38K to $75K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Clinical Social Workers (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, Clinical Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed 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 (?
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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 (?
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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).
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$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.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Social Worker


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As Clinical Social Workers transition into upper-level roles like Social Worker, they may see a sharp decline in salary. Social Workers will usually earn $37K.

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Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Clinical Social Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Case Management, and Psychotherapy are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Spanish Language, mental health, and Bilingual. Case Management and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Clinical Social Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. Clinical Social Workers see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,812

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

For Clinical Social Workers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+20 percent), Houston (+16 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and New Haven (+9 percent). Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and Columbus earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 12 percent less, respectively).

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
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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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