Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Licensed Clinical Social Workers in search of top-notch pay will find it at Self-Employed, where the median salary of $102K trumps the $52K annually-national average for those in this profession. Licensed Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks at Kaiser Permanente ($87K), DaVita Inc. ($66K), and University of Chicago ($66K). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,487 - $72,113

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$20.88 - $49.27

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,487 - $72,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
Profit Sharing
$1.07 - $8,808  
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$39,328 - $78,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,649
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$20.88 - $49.27  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $57.66  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,026  
   
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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$39,328 - $78,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 924
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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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Licensed Clinical Social Workers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Clinical Director. The latter position pays an average of $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 report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Training, Clinical Supervision, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. In Chicago, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Indianapolis and Charlotte also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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 633 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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