Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Though nationally Licensed Clinical Social Workers make an average $51K per year, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Self-Employed, where the average salary is around $120K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks at Kaiser Permanente ($88K), DaVita Inc. ($67K), and University of Chicago ($66K). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,345 - $71,973
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $51,291
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$20.51 - $49.68
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,345 - $71,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $8,770  
Total Pay (?
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$39,106 - $78,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,631
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.51 - $49.68  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $8,770  
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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$39,106 - $78,475  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 902

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Job Description for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

A licensed clinical social worker normally answers to a head of social work or clinical services but may work independently. Duties include but are not limited to maintaining a caseload and providing appropriate client documentation; assessing and treating clients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems; facilitating education, support groups, and referrals; gathering relevant information pertaining to case issues; writing psychosocial evaluations and treatment plans; assuring compliance with agency and governmental practice, ethical, and confidentiality standards; and providing advocacy and resource brokerage services for clients and families. The licensed clinical social worker may supervise case aides, social work interns, and clerical staff.

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Tasks

  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues.
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals.
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals.
  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems.
  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


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While Licensed Clinical Social Workers do not often become Clinical Directors, the job pays $70K per year on average. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most often advance into Clinical Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Licensed Clinical Social Workers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Training, Clinical Education, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 13 percent. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Clinical Supervision and Psychiatric.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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


For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Licensed Clinical Social Workers in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Licensed Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+23 percent), New York (+14 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Baltimore (+3 percent). Licensed Clinical Social Workers in St. Louis make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (11 percent lower) and Charlotte (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries



National Average
$53,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 782 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 19%