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Social Worker, Hospice Salary (United States)

Pay for Hospice Social Workers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $46K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $35K to $62K per year. While tenure and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. A fair portion report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of Hospice Social Workers — 89 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction for Hospice Social Workers is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Social Worker, Hospice Salary (?
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$34,343 - $60,503
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MEDIAN: $46,029
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Social Worker, Hospice Salary (?
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$16.19 - $29.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,343 - $60,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
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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$34,604 - $61,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 349
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.19 - $29.97  
   
Overtime
$17.75 - $51.68  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $1,029  
   
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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$34,604 - $61,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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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For Hospice Social Workers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Hospice Social Workers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Social Worker, Hospice Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker, Hospice

Survey takers reported data on just two employers, and they happen to compensate workers at similar rates. At Home Health and Hospice Care, the average worker makes around $51K while VITAS Innovative Hospice Care offers average pay of about $50K. Pay for Hospice Social Workers is the lowest at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, which has a median salary of $50K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $58K. Home Health and Hospice Care also ranks near the bottom for pay.

Popular Skills for Social Worker, Hospice

Hospice Social Workers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Case Management, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Bereavement Counseling are also skilled in Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker, Hospice

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Hospice Social Workers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. Hospice Social Workers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one-eighth.

Pay Difference By Location

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$48,000
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For Hospice Social Workers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 4 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

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 180 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
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%