Entry-Level Licensed Social Worker Salary

Average Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers make around $42K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,230 - $55,580
$31K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,405
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$14.39 - $27.59
$14
$21
$28
MEDIAN: $20.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,230 - $55,580  
   
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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$31,059 - $56,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 328
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.39 - $27.59  
   
Overtime
$1.51 - $33.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$31,059 - $56,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,928

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

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers that is 34 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 (+26 percent), New York (+9 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Entry-Level Licensed Social Workers in Columbus make 27 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dayton and Austin (23 percent lower and 15 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
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
84%
5-9 years
11%
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Skills That Affect Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Spanish Language
▲7%


Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$43,000

Group Therapy
▼3%

Crisis intervention
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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