Medical Social Worker Salary

The larger portion of Medical Social Workers in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $50K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $38K, and the higher rates verge on $71K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Medical Social Workers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,541 - $66,304

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$18.22 - $36.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,541 - $66,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,368  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $509  
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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$38,469 - $70,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 809
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.22 - $36.43  
   
Overtime
$3.12 - $62.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,368  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $509  
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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$38,469 - $70,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 629
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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 who go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an upper-level role, pays $51K. Medical Social Workers most often move into positions as Social Workers or Hospice Social Workers. Social Workers actually earn $14K less on average, however, and Hospice Social Workers earn $5K less per year than Medical Social Workers do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker


Medical Social Workers flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $97K lead the pack in compensation.

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, Dialysis, Palliative Care, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling. Most people 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. Medical Social Workers bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $60K.

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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 11%

Dialysis
up arrow 8%

Palliative Care
up arrow 6%

Group Therapy
up arrow 5%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

discharge planning
up arrow 2%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 4%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 17%
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