Licensed Clinical Social Workers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — approximately half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $82K per year, median earnings come to $54K per year. Total cash compensation to Licensed Clinical Social Workers bottoms out near $41K and approaches $82K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Female Licensed Clinical Social Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,919 - $76,257
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$40K
$54K
$76K
MEDIAN: $54,416
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$21.47 - $46.40
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$21
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$46
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,919 - $76,257  
   
Bonus
$295.17 - $5,079  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $2,466  
Commission
$12,000  
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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$40,831 - $81,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,995
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$21.47 - $46.40  
   
Overtime
$22.25 - $63.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$295.17 - $5,079  
   
Commission
$12,000  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $2,466  
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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$40,831 - $81,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 743
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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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At the upper end, Licensed Clinical Social Workers who move into a Clinical Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Directors is a much higher $72K per year. 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)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Licensed Clinical Social Workers include DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, The Veterans Administration (United States), and Department of Veteran's Affairs. Licensed Clinical Social Workers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Kaiser Permanente, where the median salary comes to $88K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($63K) and those starting out ($128K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Also paying near the top of the field are Dignity Health at $76K, University of Chicago at $66K, and DaVita Inc., where Licensed Clinical Social Workers annually earn $66K.

Self-Employed, University of Utah, and Fresenius Medical Care North America also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $50K, $50K, and $58K.

Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


Licensed Clinical Social Workers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training, Spanish Language, Geriatrics, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to 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.


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. The average beginner in this position makes around $50K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $56K. On average, Licensed Clinical Social Workers make $60K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,392

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

Licensed Clinical Social Workers in search of above-average pay will head to California: In particular, Licensed Clinical Social Workers in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego are the best-paid American cities for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, who enjoy higher pay rates than the national average. Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Philadelphia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis and Salt Lake City (5 percent lower).

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
$56,000



Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries


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$56,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 317 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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