Entry-Level Licensed Social Worker Salary

Average Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers make around $43K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$31,414 - $56,074
$31K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,886
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$14.69 - $26.98
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$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.92
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,414 - $56,074  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $5,960  
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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$31,305 - $56,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $26.98  
   
Overtime
$28.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$98.63 - $5,960  
   
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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$31,305 - $56,240  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,172

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

Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Honolulu (+25 percent), New York (+13 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbus Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dayton and Austin (23 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Social Worker Advice

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

Licensed Social Worker in Columbus:
"I wished I got promises in writing."
Do not stop at a Bachelors level degree it gets you know where-at least obtain a MSW or LISW or get into another field.

Licensed Social Worker in Rochester:
"Find your wealth elsewhere."
Don't do it unless you're independently wealthy. It's a challenging career economically and the rewards are fewer and fewer.

Licensed Social Worker in Toledo:
"Never Take Private Loans And Go Directly To Graduate School."
Never take private loans and go directly to graduate school.

Key Stats for Licensed Social Worker

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
83%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Spanish Language
▲8%


Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Group Therapy
▼3%

Crisis intervention
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 19%
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