Average Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers make around $42K per year. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,366 - $54,918
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$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $42,409
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$13.96 - $27.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,366 - $54,918  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $6,020  
Total Pay (?
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$31,095 - $55,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.96 - $27.52  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$99.67 - $6,020  
   
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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$31,095 - $55,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,918

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For Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Honolulu (+26 percent), Houston (+10 percent), New York (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers in Columbus take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 25 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cleveland (18 percent lower) and Austin (15 percent lower).

Licensed Social Worker Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Spanish Language
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Case Management
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Counseling
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National Average
$43,000

Group Therapy
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Crisis intervention
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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