Medical Social Worker Salary

Women account for the majority of Medical Social Workers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $50K annually. Pay generally varies between $38K and $71K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Medical Social Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,454 - $66,354
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,979
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$18.26 - $36.53
(Median)
$18
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,454 - $66,354  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,368  
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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$38,442 - $71,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 805
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.26 - $36.53  
   
Overtime
$3.01 - $63.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,368  
   
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).
)
$38,442 - $71,074  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 622
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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. A lot of Medical Social Workers advance their careers by becoming Social Workers and Hospice Social Workers. However, those positions offer $14K less and $5K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker


The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaiser Permanente — the median salary there is $97K.

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Medical Social Workers seem to wield many 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Patient Counseling and Bereavement 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Medical Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $55K. 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 9%

Dialysis
up arrow 8%

Palliative Care
up arrow 6%

Group Therapy
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Hospice
up arrow 1%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$51,000

Hospice Care
up arrow 1%

discharge planning
up arrow 2%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 5%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 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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