Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers (nearly one-half) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $55K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Licensed Clinical Social Workers (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although approximately one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most Licensed Clinical Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of 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
$29
$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
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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 (?
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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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There are some Licensed Clinical Social Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Clinical Directors, where earnings are an average $71K annually. 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 $4K less and $7K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Licensed Clinical Social Workers fill the offices of leading firms DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Self-Employed, and Department of Veteran's Affairs. Although Kaiser Permanente leads the field in pay with a median salary of $89K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $64K on the low end all the way up to $123K at the top. Other big spenders include DaVita Inc., University of Chicago, and The Veterans Administration (United States), top-paying firms where Licensed Clinical Social Workers see paychecks nearing $67K, $66K, or $62K.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Self-Employed at $55K, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. at $56K, and Department of Veteran's Affairs, where $59K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Licensed Clinical Social Workers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $49K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $54K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,730

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

Licensed Clinical Social Workers can earn above-average salaries when they head west to California. Specifically, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles represent the three top-paying cities for Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the United States. The lowest-paying market is Philadelphia, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Salt Lake City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).

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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