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Social Worker, Hospice Salary (United States)

Hospice Social Workers in the United States pull down an average of $46K annually. Earnings generally vary between $35K and $62K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. The vast majority of Hospice Social Workers (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Social Worker, Hospice Salary (?
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$34,748 - $60,916
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MEDIAN: $46,488
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Social Worker, Hospice Salary (?
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$16.65 - $30.52
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,748 - $60,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
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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$35,155 - $62,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.65 - $30.52  
   
Overtime
$10.75 - $52.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
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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$35,155 - $62,084  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 267
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Job Description for Social Worker, Hospice

Hospice social workers provide palliative care for individuals in their last stage of life. These professionals provide a wide variety of services for these patients and their families, helping serve their emotional and logistical needs. They provide diagnostic assessments and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team to provide high-quality care. Hospice social workers also work with patients and families to determine the best end-of-life care decisions based on the patient's goals. The patient and family may also need assistance with funeral planning, which which the hospice social worker may help. Hospice social workers also provide assistance with insurance, hospice, and Medicaid/Medicare paperwork, as well as help with paperwork after the patient's death. If the patient needs access to community resources such as Meals on Wheels, the hospice social worker helps arrange those services as well. This professional typically works full time in a hospice setting.
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Social Worker, Hospice Tasks
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome the loss of a loved one and adjust to life.
  • Refer family to community resources to assist in recovery from loss and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, or housing.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.

Common Career Paths for Social Worker, Hospice

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Hospice 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.

Social Worker, Hospice Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker, Hospice

Salaries are easily beat at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, where median pay comes to just $50K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $36K and ending at $58K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Social Worker, Hospice

Professional skills reported by Hospice Social Workers are few in number. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Bereavement Counseling also know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker, Hospice

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Hospice Social Workers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. Hospice Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$48,000
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San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Hospice Social Workers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Hospice Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+5 percent) and Pittsburgh (+1 percent). Milwaukee ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Social Worker, Hospice Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Social Worker, Hospice Salaries

Counseling
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Bereavement Counseling
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Case Management
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National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%