Medical Social Workers in the United States pull down an average of $51K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Medical Social Workers (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Medical Social Workers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,104 - $66,978
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$39K
$51K
$67K
MEDIAN: $51,027
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$19.26 - $37.49
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,104 - $66,978  
   
Bonus
$197.74 - $2,024  
Profit Sharing
$50.87  
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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$39,416 - $71,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 685
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.26 - $37.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$24.66 - $57.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.74 - $2,024  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.87  
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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$39,416 - $71,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 489
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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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As Medical Social Workers transition into upper-level roles like Licensed Clinical Social Workers, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Licensed Clinical Social Workers earn the same amount as Medical Social Workers on average. Medical Social Workers most often move into positions as Social Workers or Hospice Social Workers. Social Workers actually earn $13K 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


Known for taking on a considerable number of Medical Social Workers, DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Gentiva Health Services, Inc., Kaiser Permanente, and Gentiva are leading firms in the industry. Those at Kaiser Permanente can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $99K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Kindred Healthcare, DaVita Inc., and HCR ManorCare, where earnings of $60K, $58K, or $55K are standard for Medical Social Workers.

Employees at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Gentiva, and HCR ManorCare can also expect below-average earnings of $51K, $52K, and $55K.

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 Patient Counseling, Geriatrics, Assessment, and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Crisis intervention. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Medical Social Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $53K on average. Medical Social Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $58K. Medical Social Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,443

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

For Medical Social Workers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Medical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Oakland (+47 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Indianapolis and 6 percent less in Philadelphia, 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

Patient Counseling
up arrow 17%

Geriatrics
up arrow 14%

Assessment
up arrow 13%


Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Oncology
up arrow 8%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 3%

Dialysis
up arrow 3%

Hospice
up arrow 2%

Case Management
0%

Hospice Care
0%

National Average
$52,000

discharge planning
up arrow 1%

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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