Medical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Medical Social Workers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $51,259 annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $37,234 to $70,584 per year. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group—geography and experience level are driving factors as well. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Medical Social Worker Salary (?
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$36,846 - $66,294
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MEDIAN: $49,551
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Medical Social Worker Salary (?
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$17.92 - $36.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,846 - $66,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $700  
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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$37,234 - $70,584  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.92 - $36.09  
   
Overtime
$1.44 - $56.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $700  
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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$37,234 - $70,584  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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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As Medical Social Workers transition into upper-level roles, they do not see a turn in salary. For instance, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) usually earns the same amount as his or her lower-level colleagues. Medical Social Workers most often move into positions as Social Workers or Hospice Social Workers, where they typically take pay cuts of $14,970 or $5,055 per year.

Medical Social Worker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker

Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $97,419.
Just about half of the top paying company's median, Gentiva Health Services, Inc. offers a median salary of just $49,515, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. at $52,000, and DaVita Inc. where $55,605 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker

Medical Social Workers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Crisis intervention and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 3 percent respectively. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in Hospice.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $47K, which grows to $53K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $55K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Medical Social Workers after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$51,000
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For Medical Social Workers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 46 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Oakland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego, top-paying markets where Medical Social Workers rake in more than the national norm (+37 percent, +32 percent, +24 percent, and +15 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Medical Social Workers earning much less—21 percent less—than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Grand Rapids and Birmingham (-11 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Social Worker Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Medical Social Worker Salaries

Crisis intervention
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Counseling
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Hospice
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Case Management
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Hospice Care
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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