A Licensed Social Worker earns an average salary of $44,407 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Patient Counseling and Spanish Language. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

$32,603 - $62,653
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$33K
$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $44,407
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$14.95 - $30.22
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$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,603 - $62,653  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $5,896  
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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$32,329 - $62,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 542
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $30.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.63 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$100.00 - $5,896  
   
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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$32,329 - $62,922  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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Job Description for Licensed Social Worker

Licensed social workers perform a number of duties associated with helping clients. They are responsible for assessing and determining client’s needs based on the individual's goals and support system, as well as helping develop plans with client to help meet their needs. These professionals also assist clients in locating necessary resources and follow up as needed. Additionally, licensed social workers evaluate individuals for potential cognitive issues or mental illnesses, as well as help clients locate needed services to treat those issues as they exist. They also help develop treatment plans and provide therapy to clients and their families.

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Licensed Social Worker Tasks

  • Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.
  • Coordinate patient interactions from patient care, discharge instructions, follow-up to aftercare information.
  • Negotiate with payers, outreach, family, and third party groups to safeguard patients.

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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,732

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Experience Affects Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%



National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 13%


discharge planning
up arrow 3%

Training
up arrow 3%

Psychiatric
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$45,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Assessment
up arrow 5%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 8%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 10%

Geriatrics
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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