Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the United States take home approximately $55K annually on average. In the world of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, total cash compensation can vary between $41K and $82K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $4K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. For the most part, Licensed Clinical Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although about a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. There are far more female Licensed Clinical Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,467 - $76,371
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MEDIAN: $54,862
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$20.91 - $47.93
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MEDIAN: $29.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,467 - $76,371  
   
Bonus
$303.04 - $5,077  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $3,909  
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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$41,175 - $82,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,051
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.91 - $47.93  
   
Overtime
$22.47 - $62.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$303.04 - $5,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $3,909  
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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$41,175 - $82,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 770

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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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Though some Licensed Clinical Social Workers move into positions like Clinical Director (where the average salary is $72K), this progression is not the norm. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most frequently advance into Clinical Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $8K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Many Licensed Clinical Social Workers can be found at DaVita Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Self-Employed, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Department of Veteran's Affairs, firms that are at the top of the field. Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town ($84K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $51K to $128K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Dignity Health, U.S. Air Force (USAF), and DaVita Inc., top-paying firms where Licensed Clinical Social Workers rake in a respectable $77K, $73K, or $67K, respectively.

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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Spanish Language, Geriatrics, Training, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice, Group Therapy, and Counseling. 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)

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: $56,939

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California is a land of opportunity for Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego all offering salaries above the national rate. New Haven is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis and Dallas (6 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 327 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

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▲6%

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Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 327 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 21%
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