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Medical Social Worker Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Medical Social Workers in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $50K per year. Earnings generally vary between $38K and $71K per year. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. For the most part, Medical Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,297 - $66,564
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,878
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50%
90%

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$18.40 - $35.58
(Median)
$18
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,297 - $66,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,438  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $688  
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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$38,438 - $70,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 765
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.40 - $35.58  
   
Overtime
$2.21 - $59.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,438  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $688  
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).
)
$38,438 - $70,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 586

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Job Description for Medical Social Worker

Medical social workers are in charge of completing administrative medical tasks while providing excellent client interactions. They are responsible for interviewing patients and relatives to form a better medical history. They perform the initial contact and complete a background screening before further testing. They document each client visit and report their progress to other medical professionals.

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Medical Social Worker Tasks

  • Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.
  • Coordinate patient interactions from patient care, discharge instructions, follow-up to aftercare information.
  • Negotiate with payers, outreach, family, and third party groups to safeguard patients.

Common Career Paths for Medical Social Worker


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Medical Social Workers' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Median pay for Licensed Clinical Social Workers is $51K. Medical Social Workers most often move into Social Worker or Hospice Social Worker roles. However, the former pays $14K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker


Kaiser Permanente attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $97K.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Survey results imply that Medical Social Workers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Dialysis, Bereavement Counseling, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Patient Counseling. Most people who know Case Management also know Hospice.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Medical Social Workers bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Medical Social Worker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $61K.

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Experience Affects Medical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Medical Social Worker Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 11%

Dialysis
up arrow 9%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

discharge planning
up arrow 1%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 263 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 16%