Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Licensed Clinical Social Workers usually earn approximately $52K annually in the United States, but Self-Employed offers a significantly higher median of $102K. Also paying near the top of the field are Kaiser Permanente at $87K, University of Chicago at $66K, and The Veterans Administration (United States), where Licensed Clinical Social Workers annually earn $66K. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$38,411 - $72,155
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$38K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,519
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$20.83 - $49.46
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$21
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$49
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,411 - $72,155  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $8,808  
Total Pay (?
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$39,260 - $78,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,639
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.83 - $49.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $8,808  
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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$39,260 - $78,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 920
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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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For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, progressing to a Clinical Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Clinical Director can earn $70K annually. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most often move into Clinical Social Worker or Social Work Supervisor roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $6K less.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Licensed Clinical Social Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Training, Geriatrics, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. The majority of those who know Case Management also know 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.


Licensed Clinical Social Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Licensed Clinical Social Workers in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Licensed Clinical Social Workers in Sacramento, San Diego, and Los Angeles are the best-paid American cities for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Indianapolis (6 percent less).

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Reviews

What is it like working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Self-Employed?

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pendleton:
"Licensed Clinical Social Worker ~ Private Practice."
Pros: I make my own schedule, I work for myself. Work 4 days per week at a high hourly rate. I am paid by Insurance companies and employee assistance programs and do contract work. Freedom to make my own schedule and choose when to work and what hours to work.
Cons: Overhead ~ Pay monthly rent for my office. No benefits: no retirement or medical insurance. Pay high monthly fee and high deductible for medical Insurance. Pay for Liability Insurance. Responsible for high risk clients ~ if homicide or suicide, lawsuits come. Any Board complaint is investigated, sometimes taking one year to resolve.

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries


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Hospice
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Clinical Psychology
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Group Therapy
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Case Management
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National Average
$54,000

Counseling
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Community Health
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 653 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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