With roughly one-half of Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $82K per year and averages out to $55K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of Licensed Clinical Social Workers spread between $41K and $82K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Licensed Clinical Social Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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MEDIAN: $54,775
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,212 - $76,504  
   
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,101  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $2,447  
Commission
$6,500  
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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$41,038 - $81,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,022
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$21.13 - $46.71  
   
Overtime
$22.14 - $63.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$300.00 - $5,101  
   
Commission
$6,500  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $2,447  
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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$41,038 - $81,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 769

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Job Description for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is a mental health care professional who provides not only psychological counseling and therapy, but also assists in many of the practical aspects related to various mental conditions. For instance, an LCSW may help place patients in jobs, help individuals find living arrangements, and work to ensure that basic needs are being met. In so doing, the LCSW can remove obstacles that may inhibit the quality of life of someone with chronic mental health issues.

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


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It's not very common for Licensed Clinical Social Workers to move on to become Clinical Directors. Average pay for a Clinical Director is $71K annually. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most frequently advance into Clinical Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Licensed Clinical Social Workers include DaVita Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Self-Employed, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Department of Veteran's Affairs. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $87K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $51K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $128K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks at Dignity Health ($77K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) ($73K), and The Veterans Administration (United States) ($66K).

Other low-paying employers include University of Utah at $50K and Self-Employed at $51K, though some Licensed Clinical Social Workers there earn up to $305K.

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, Geriatrics, Training, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice and Group Therapy. 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $50K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $56K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,633

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

For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. With compensation 7 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Salt Lake City and Denver (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)?

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Bangor:
"Hard work."
Pros: Working with people, always something different, making a difference in people's lives, giving back.
Cons: Heart breaking at times, emotionally draining.

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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Key Stats for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 316 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries



National Average
$57,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 316 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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