Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

Earnings for Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the United States come in at around $55K per year on average. Total cash earnings of Licensed Clinical Social Workers range from $41K on the low end to $82K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $4K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Women account for the majority of Licensed Clinical Social Workers who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-fifth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Most Licensed Clinical Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,792 - $76,582
$41K
$55K
$77K
MEDIAN: $55,212
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$21.08 - $47.60
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$0$81K
Salary $40,792 - $76,582
Bonus $299.00 - $5,102
Profit Sharing $204.26 - $3,851
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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$41,499 - $81,946
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,028
Hourly Data $0$61
Hourly Rate $21.08 - $47.60
Overtime $22.85 - $61.45
Annual Data $0$81K
Bonus $299.00 - $5,102
Profit Sharing $204.26 - $3,851
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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$41,499 - $81,946
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 781

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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

  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals
  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues
  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals

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 $72K 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 $6K less and $9K less, respectively.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Job Listings

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. For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, comfortable salaries can be found at Kaiser Permanente; in fact, average earnings are around $84K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($51K versus $128K) is great. Licensed Clinical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries at Dignity Health (+$77K), U.S. Air Force (USAF) (+$73K), and DaVita Inc. (+$67K).

Other low-paying employers include University of Utah at $50K and Self-Employed at $51K, though some Licensed Clinical Social Workers there earn up to $305K.

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, Geriatrics, Training, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice, Group Therapy, and Counseling. Most people who know Case Management also know 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: $57,464

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

For Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Diego, three California cities, are home to the highest salaries in the United States, all offering a rate above the national average. With compensation 10 percent below the national average, New Haven is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Indianapolis and Dallas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 361 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$57,000

▼3%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 361 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 20%
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