Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The median take-home amount in this area is around $55K, and on average, close to one-half of that final number comes from commissions. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Some workers in this field — close to a 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 84 percent. Most Licensed Clinical Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,095 - $73,519
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$39K
$53K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,697
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$20.98 - $48.73
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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
$39,095 - $73,519  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $8,808  
Commission
$27,812  
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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$39,928 - $80,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,778
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$20.98 - $48.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
   
Commission
$27,812  
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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$39,928 - $80,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 998
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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

  • 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Licensed Clinical Social Workers sometimes become Clinical Directors, where the average income is $71K per year. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most often move into Clinical Social Worker or Social Work Supervisor roles. However, the former pays $4K less on average, and the latter pays $7K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Self-Employed, and Department of Veteran's Affairs are top-notch employers for Licensed Clinical Social Workers in this area. Licensed Clinical Social Workers flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $89K lead the pack in compensation; however, Kaiser Permanente also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $64K at one end to $123K at the other end. DaVita Inc., University of Chicago, and The Veterans Administration (United States) also offer top salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $67K, $66K, and $62K, respectively.

Employees at Self-Employed, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., and Department of Veteran's Affairs can also expect below-average earnings of $55K, $56K, and $59K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Licensed Clinical Social Workers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Patient Counseling, Training, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice. Most people familiar with 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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

National Average: $54,730

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

For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, top-notch salaries can be found in California: San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles offer exceptional salaries — better than the national average for those in this field and higher than any other city in the United States. Philadelphia ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 6 percent.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Reviews

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.

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
$55,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries










Clinical Psychology
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Case Management
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Group Therapy
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National Average
$55,000

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 548 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

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: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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