Medical Social Worker Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Medical Social Workers in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $51,259 per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $37,234 to $70,584 per year. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group—the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Medical Social Worker Salary (?
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$36,846 - $66,294
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MEDIAN: $49,551
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Medical Social Worker Salary (?
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$17.92 - $36.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,846 - $66,294  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $700  
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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$37,234 - $70,584  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 625
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$17.92 - $36.09  
   
Overtime
$1.44 - $56.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.05 - $700  
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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$37,234 - $70,584  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 470
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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 do not see a large difference in pay with career advancement. Usually, those who transition into an upper level Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. More commonly, Medical Social Workers take pay cuts as they move into roles as Social Workers or Hospice Social Workers, making $14,970 or $5,055 less per year, respectively.

Medical Social Worker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Medical Social Worker

Medical Social Workers flock to Kaiser Permanente for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $97,419 lead the pack in compensation.
Just about half of the top paying company's median, Gentiva Health Services, Inc. offers a median salary of just $49,515, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. ($52,000) and DaVita Inc. ($55,605).

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker

Medical Social Workers report using a wide range of professional skills. Crisis intervention and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 18 percent and 3 percent respectively. Most people skilled in Case Management are similarly competent in Hospice.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Medical Social Workers, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Though starting salaries approximate $47K, they climb to $53K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $55K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Medical Social Workers and pay is expected at $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$51,000
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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Medical Social Workers, 46 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Oakland, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Diego, where Medical Social Workers typically earn around 37 percent, 32 percent, 24 percent, and 15 percent more than usual. Place of residency plays a huge part in a Medical Social Worker's salary, with Indianapolis Medical Social Workers earning salaries that are 21 percent less than the national average. Employers in Grand Rapids and Birmingham also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-11 percent and -10 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Medical Social Worker Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Medical Social Worker Salaries

Crisis intervention
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Counseling
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Hospice
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Case Management
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Hospice Care
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 16%
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