Social Worker, Hospice Salary

The median salary for Hospice Social Workers in the United States is $48K annually, and compared to other cities, San Diego offers the biggest paychecks at around $61K on average. Hospice Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+8 percent) and Columbus (+4 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,278 - $61,897
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$35K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,675
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$18.46 - $31.53
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$18
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,278 - $61,897  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
Total Pay (?
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$36,713 - $63,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.46 - $31.53  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $52.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$36,713 - $63,498  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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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. On average, lower-level Hospice Social Workers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker, Hospice


Employees at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $51K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $40K and higher ones not far away at only $59K.

For Hospice Social Workers, below-average salaries can be found at Home Health and Hospice Care; in fact, average earnings are around $43K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($32K versus $77K) is great.

Popular Skills for Social Worker, Hospice


Hospice Social Workers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Counseling, Case Management, and Bereavement Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Bereavement Counseling are, more often than not, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Hospice Social Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Hospice Social Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $53K.

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Experience Affects Social Worker, Hospice Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Social Worker, Hospice Salaries

Counseling
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Case Management
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Bereavement Counseling
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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