Medical Social Worker Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Medical Social Workers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Kaiser Permanente enjoy much larger paychecks — $97K on average versus $50K annually. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,535 - $66,442
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $50,024
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50%
90%

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$18.24 - $36.34
(Median)
$18
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,535 - $66,442  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,457  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $688  
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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$38,499 - $71,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.24 - $36.34  
   
Overtime
$2.97 - $63.93  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,457  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $688  
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).
)
$38,499 - $71,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 616
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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 transition into an upper level Licensed Clinical Social Worker position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Licensed Clinical Social Worker makes $51K a year. Medical Social Workers most frequently become Social Workers and Hospice Social Workers even though median compensation is $14K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Medical Social Workers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Patient Counseling and Bereavement Counseling. Those familiar with Case Management also tend to know 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. For Medical Social Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Medical Social Worker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 9%

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 3%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 4%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 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: 59% employee benefits None: 16%
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