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Medical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Most Medical Social Workers in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $49K per year. Compensation ranges between $37K and $70K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The majority of Medical Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Medical Social Worker Salary (?
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$37,102 - $65,916
(Median)
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49K
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MEDIAN: $49,468
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Medical Social Worker Salary (?
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$18.04 - $35.78
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,102 - $65,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,221  
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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$37,458 - $70,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 699
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $35.78  
   
Overtime
$1.66 - $59.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,221  
   
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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$37,458 - $70,293  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 530
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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 may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Licensed Clinical Social Worker offer money in line with Medical Social Workers. Many Medical Social Workers choose to become Social Workers and Hospice Social Workers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $14K less and $5K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker

Kaiser Permanente offers the largest salaries in town — $96K on average.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker

Survey results suggest that Medical Social Workers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Bereavement Counseling, Dialysis, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crisis intervention and Patient Counseling. The majority of those 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.
For Medical Social Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Medical Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Medical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $61K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Seattle
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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New York
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Phoenix
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Houston
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Chicago
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Dallas
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National Average
$51,000
Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Birmingham
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Grand Rapids
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Indianapolis
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For Medical Social Workers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 47 percent greater than the national average. Medical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+34 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Grand Rapids and Birmingham (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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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 13%
Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 9%
Dialysis
up arrow 7%
Counseling
up arrow 3%
Hospice
up arrow 2%
discharge planning
up arrow 2%
Case Management
up arrow 1%
Hospice Care
0%
National Average
$51,000
Patient Counseling
up arrow 13%
Crisis intervention
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%