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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary (United States)

Though nationally Licensed Clinical Social Workers make an average $51K annually, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Self-Employed, where the average salary is around $120K. 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 comfortable $88K, $67K, or $66K, respectively. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary (?
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$38,019 - $71,517
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MEDIAN: $50,828
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary (?
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$20.18 - $49.62
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,019 - $71,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $6,128  
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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$38,807 - $77,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,684
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.18 - $49.62  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $6,128  
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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$38,807 - $77,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 928
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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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There are some Licensed Clinical Social Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Clinical Directors, where earnings are an average $70K annually. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most frequently advance into Clinical Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor roles even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Survey takers working as Licensed Clinical Social Workers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Psychiatry, Clinical Education, and Training are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 13 percent. Most people skilled in Case Management are similarly competent 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $52K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$53,000
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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 Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles all offer salaries above the national rate. Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte and Philadelphia (7 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

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$53,000

Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

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$53,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%