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Medical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Medical Social Workers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $50K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $37K and $71K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Medical Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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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For Medical Social Workers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Medical Social Workers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Medical Social Workers most often advance into Social Worker and Hospice Social Worker positions even though the median salaries are $15K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker

The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $97K.
Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker

Survey results show that Medical Social Workers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Crisis intervention, Counseling, Hospice, and Case Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. For Medical Social Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining close to a seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Oakland
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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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Houston
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Phoenix
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$51,000
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For Medical Social Workers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Other big spenders include Oakland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego, top-paying cities where Medical Social Workers see paychecks higher than average (+37 percent, +32 percent, +24 percent, and +15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Medical Social Worker's salary, with Indianapolis Medical Social Workers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. 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

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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discharge planning
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 255 votes.

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%