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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, higher-than-average salaries can be found at Self-Employed, where the average employee brings in around $118K relative to the national average of $51K per year for those in this line of work. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Kaiser Permanente, DaVita Inc., and University of Chicago, top-paying firms where Licensed Clinical Social Workers rake in a $88K, $66K, or $66K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,466 - $71,920
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$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,417
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$20.66 - $49.47
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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
$38,466 - $71,920  
   
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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$39,203 - $78,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,638
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.66 - $49.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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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$39,203 - $78,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 916

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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 positions as Clinical Social Workers or Social Work Supervisors. Clinical Social Workers actually earn $3K less on average, however, and Social Work Supervisors earn $6K less per year than Licensed Clinical Social Workers do.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Training, Clinical Education, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Most people 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


There's tons of opportunity for Licensed Clinical Social Workers in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles all offer salaries above the national rate. Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Chicago and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 722 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
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: 49% employee benefits None: 19%
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