Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

The nationwide average salary for Licensed Clinical Social Workers is $51K annually, but those working at Self-Employed can pull down an average $102K. Kaiser Permanente, University of Chicago, and The Veterans Administration (United States) also offer top salaries for Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $88K, $66K, and $66K, respectively. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,416 - $71,977
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$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,434
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$20.78 - $49.60
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$21
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,416 - $71,977  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
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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$39,254 - $78,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,635
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$20.78 - $49.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $56.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
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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$39,254 - $78,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 917
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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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Licensed Clinical Social Workers who transition into a Clinical Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. Licensed Clinical Social Workers most frequently become Clinical Social Workers and Social Work Supervisors even though median compensation is $3K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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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, Training, Clinical Education, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Most people familiar with Case Management also know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. Licensed Clinical Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 8 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Indianapolis and 6 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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Hospice
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Clinical Psychology
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Case Management
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Counseling
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National Average
$54,000

Community Health
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 671 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

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