Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Licensed Clinical Social Workers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to one-half of Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Pay fluctuates from $41K to $82K per year, but expected earnings average $55K annually. Cash earnings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers — which occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $82K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Licensed Clinical Social Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. 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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$40,229 - $76,196
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MEDIAN: $54,620
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$21.25 - $46.98
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MEDIAN: $29.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,229 - $76,196  
   
Bonus
$296.96 - $5,096  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,815  
Total Pay (?
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$41,007 - $81,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,939
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$21.25 - $46.98  
   
Overtime
$21.80 - $63.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$296.96 - $5,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $3,815  
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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$41,007 - $81,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 725

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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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While Licensed Clinical Social Workers do not often become Clinical Directors, the job pays $72K per year on average. Many Licensed Clinical Social Workers choose to become Clinical Social Workers and Social Work Supervisors as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $8K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, DaVita Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Self-Employed, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Department of Veteran's Affairs are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $84K; 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 DaVita Inc. ($67K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include University of Utah at $50K, and Self-Employed where $51K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Licensed Clinical Social Workers there earn up to $305K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Survey results imply that Licensed Clinical Social Workers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Geriatrics, Training, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Clinical Supervision and Psychiatric.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 951 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 875 salaries. An experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 989 salaries. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 556 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,629

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For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in California — Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in New Haven. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (6 percent lower) and Dallas (5 percent lower).

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 302 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

▲13%

▲7%

National Average
$57,000

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Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 21%
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