Entry-Level Licensed Social Worker Salary

The average Entry-Level Licensed Social Worker earns approximately $43K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,376 - $57,015
$31K
$43K
$57K
MEDIAN: $43,144
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$15.12 - $27.57
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MEDIAN: $21.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,376 - $57,015  
   
Bonus
$99.33 - $5,872  
Total Pay (?
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$31,656 - $57,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $27.57  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$99.33 - $5,872  
   
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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$31,656 - $57,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,568

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

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Honolulu (+24 percent), New York (+12 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Chicago (+7 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbus Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers earning much less — 28 percent less — than the national average. Dayton and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 24 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 47 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
▲7%


National Average
$44,000

Counseling
▼1%

Group Therapy
▼4%

Crisis intervention
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 19%
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