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Medical Social Worker Salary

Kaiser Permanente lures Medical Social Workers with larger-than-average paychecks: Medical Social Workers at this company make a median salary of $97K, much more than the $50K annually-national average for those in this area of work. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,480 - $66,413
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,879
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90%

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$18.28 - $35.87
(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
$38,480 - $66,413  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,443  
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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$38,485 - $70,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 778
National Hourly Rate 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$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.28 - $35.87  
   
Overtime
$3.01 - $59.19  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,443  
   
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).
)
$38,485 - $70,700  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 596

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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 often advance into Social Worker and Hospice Social Worker positions even though the median salaries are $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 Crisis intervention are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Patient Counseling. The majority of those 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.


Medical Social Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $60K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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 9%

Palliative Care
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 2%

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

discharge planning
0%

National Average
$51,000

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 3%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 253 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
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 16%
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