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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Licensed Clinical Social Workers usually earn approximately $51K per year in the United States, but Self-Employed offers a significantly higher median of $118K. Also paying near the top of the field are Kaiser Permanente at $87K, DaVita Inc. at $66K, and University of Chicago, where Licensed Clinical Social Workers annually earn $66K. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,408 - $71,983
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$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,417
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$20.65 - $49.53
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$21
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,408 - $71,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,011  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $8,726  
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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$39,157 - $78,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.65 - $49.53  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.51  
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 - $2,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $8,726  
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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$39,157 - $78,563  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 914

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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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While Licensed Clinical Social Workers do not often become Clinical Directors, the job pays $70K 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 $3K less and $6K less, respectively.

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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, Training, Clinical Education, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, 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 many Licensed Clinical Social Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Licensed Clinical Social Workers in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Licensed Clinical Social Workers in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles are the best-paid American cities for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (8 percent less) and Charlotte (7 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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Clinical Psychology
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Counseling
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National Average
$54,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 735 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
30%
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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