Medical Social Worker Salary

Medical Social Workers in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $51K per year for pay. The pay spectrum stretches from $39K to $72K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of Medical Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,941 - $67,432
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$67K
MEDIAN: $50,520
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$18.75 - $37.19
(Median)
$19
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,941 - $67,432  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,458  
Profit Sharing
$486.05  
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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$39,090 - $71,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 924
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.75 - $37.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$4.07 - $58.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,458  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05  
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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$39,090 - $71,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 716
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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.

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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. Many Medical Social Workers go on to become Social Workers or Hospice Social Workers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $14K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker


Known for taking on a considerable number of Medical Social Workers, DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Gentiva Health Services, Inc., and HCR ManorCare are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $98K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $40K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $125K.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Medical Social Workers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Home Health/Home Care, Group Therapy, Palliative Care, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Crisis intervention and Patient Counseling. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $56K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,857

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

For those looking to make money, Medical Social Workers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. Medical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Sacramento (+17 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Cincinnati, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Medical Social Worker Reviews

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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Experience Affects Medical Social Worker Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Medical Social Worker Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 10%

Group Therapy
up arrow 8%


Palliative Care
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$52,000

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

discharge planning
up arrow 1%

Dialysis
up arrow 2%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 14%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 212 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
23%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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