Entry-Level Licensed Social Worker Salary

Average Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers make around $43K annually. Residence 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 close to one-half. Most Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,713 - $57,393
$32K
$43K
$57K
MEDIAN: $42,857
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$15.82 - $28.38
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MEDIAN: $21.31
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$0$58K
Salary $31,713 - $57,393
Bonus $98.99 - $5,918
Total Pay (?
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$32,361 - $58,074
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 302
Hourly Data $0$39
Hourly Rate $15.82 - $28.38
Overtime $10.14 - $39.45
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $98.99 - $5,918
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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$32,361 - $58,074
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 156

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,448

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

For Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Honolulu (+24 percent), New York (+12 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers is geography, with workers in Columbus earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dayton (24 percent lower) and Austin (17 percent lower).

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 Augusta:
The desire to help people was the draw for me, and I think most people, to this field. This is an excellent quality to have; you must be caring to do this work. However, it can also be a detriment if you are not prepared for the fact that you will sometimes--even many times--not be able to help the person or never know how if your intervention had a positive impact. In other words, you have to have good boundaries and realistic expectations. You need to be satisfied that you may only plant a seed, and may not be around to see that seed grow. It is that person's responsibility to take what you have given them...resources, knowledge, skills, opportunities...and put them to work and it is their choice whether or not they want to do that. As far as day to day tasks, there is a lot of multitasking and repeated prioritizing involved--requests for help more than the capacity to help. At the end of the day, you have to leave it behind so you can be ready to serve again the next.

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.

Licensed Social Worker in Philadelphia:
"Exoerience in field."
Work a couple of years in field.

Licensed Social Worker in Syracuse:
"SOCIAL WORK is a diverse, rewarding career."
Degree prepares SW'er for session work ie...therapy. Choosing an alternate route may NOT provide some w/same rewards of helping people.

Key Stats for Licensed Social Worker

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
81%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Spanish Language
▲8%


Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Group Therapy
▼4%

Crisis intervention
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 19%
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