For Medical Social Workers, annual average wages total $51K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. There are far more female Medical Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 89 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,243 - $66,880
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $51,322
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$19.46 - $38.07
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MEDIAN: $26.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,243 - $66,880  
   
Bonus
$197.97 - $2,525  
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
Total Pay (?
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$39,665 - $72,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 653
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.46 - $38.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$28.00 - $57.42  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.97 - $2,525  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00  
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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$39,665 - $72,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 481

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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

  • 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.
  • Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.

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Medical Social Workers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker. On average, Licensed Clinical Social Workers get paid about the same as Medical Social Workers do. 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


DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Gentiva Health Services, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, and HCR ManorCare are all popular places to work. Medical Social Workers flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $97K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider DaVita Inc., HCR ManorCare, and Gentiva, top-paying firms where Medical Social Workers rake in a respectable $60K, $55K, or $53K, respectively.

Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Kindred Healthcare, and Gentiva are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($50K, $53K, and $53K respectively).

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Medical Social Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Dialysis, Assessment, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Crisis intervention. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Hospice.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Social Worker

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


Medical Social Workers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $50K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $54K. On average, Medical Social Workers make $58K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,175

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Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Medical Social Workers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Medical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Oakland (+45 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Sacramento (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Indianapolis and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 8 percent less than the median.

Medical Social Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Medical Social Worker?

Medical Social Worker in Hilo:
"Challenging and Rewarding."
Pros: Each day is something new and we have the opportunity to face fresh challenges everyday. The resolution of these challenges eases the challenges of life for our patients and enables them to succeed in a community setting.
Cons: There are limited resources in our community and we often cannot resolve all of the concerns that patients come to the hospital with.

Medical Social Worker in Murfreesboro:
"Hospice Work."
Pros: I love being able to be available to a vulnerable population that is in need of guidance and counseling due to grief. My job is flexible and I enjoy my coworkers.
Cons: I am very much underpaid for the work I do on a regular basis and based on my performance scores.

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Key Stats for Medical Social Worker

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Medical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Medical Social Worker Salaries

Geriatrics
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Dialysis
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Assessment
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Patient Counseling
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Home Health/Home Care
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Oncology
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Group Therapy
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Case Management
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discharge planning
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National Average
$53,000

Crisis intervention
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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