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 $51K annually. Compensation ranges between $39K and $72K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. The majority of Medical Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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%
50%
90%

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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Medical Social Workers include DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Gentiva Health Services, Inc., and HCR ManorCare. Although Kaiser Permanente leads the field in pay with a median salary of $98K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $40K on the low end all the way up to $125K at the top.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Survey results imply that Medical Social Workers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Crisis intervention and Patient Counseling. Most people experienced in 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.


Medical Social Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $48K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Medical Social Workers make a median salary of $56K. As Medical Social Workers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,857

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Social Workers, 53 percent above the national average. Medical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+24 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), Sacramento (+17 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (5 percent lower) and Cincinnati (2 percent lower).

Medical Social Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Medical Social Worker?

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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