Entry-Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salary

The average salary for an Entry-Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is $48,971 per year.

$38,389 - $66,756
$38K
$49K
$67K
MEDIAN: $48,971
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$19.51 - $40.65
$20
$26
$41
MEDIAN: $25.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,389 - $66,756  
   
Bonus
$755 - $7,946  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$38,786 - $70,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 731
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.51 - $40.65  
   
Overtime
$9.93 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$755 - $7,946  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$38,786 - $70,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 220

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Indiana:
"Hold on to your pants Things Change in seconds."
To work in the field you need to have flexibility, be well rounded with your knowledge to assist with all clients. Supervision is important and have good self care.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Tulsa:
"Accepting you are now a professional."
Stay curious with your client. Treat them as a person and not a productivity hour.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Lumberton:
"Know your value. Know your strengths."
Never allow others to take you for granted. Being an LCSW therapist is a very important, necessary job. Always hold your head up and be sure to take care of yourself because if you cannot take care of yourself, you cannot take care of others.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Austin:
"Become a presenter and learn how to run a business."
Become a presenter of education and information. Take some basic small business courses, even if you don't plan to run your own business. Be an advocate for Social Work and it's importance and monetary worth. Advocate for fair wage compensation and full benefits. Understand how vital your role is and that not only will you make a positive difference in people's lives but, you will save lives. It's critical that you continue to educate yourself throughout the years and stay current on mental health treatment.

Key Stats for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
69%
5-9 years
26%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Salaries

Spanish Language
▲7%

Clinical Supervision
▲6%

Health and Wellness
▲6%

Geriatrics
▲6%

Clinical Education
▲5%

Community Health
▲5%

Psychiatric
▲5%

Patient Counseling
▲3%

Bereavement Counseling
▲2%

Family Practice
▲1%

Case Management
▼0%

Clinical Psychology
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

▼1%

Milieu Therapy
▼1%

Group Therapy
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 19%