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Social Worker, Hospice Salary

The median pay for Hospice Social Workers comes out to approximately $47K annually in the United States, but employers in San Diego offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $60K. Hospice Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+4 percent) and Detroit (+2 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,374 - $61,744
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$35K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,939
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$18.14 - $31.24
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$18
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,374 - $61,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
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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$36,381 - $63,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.14 - $31.24  
   
Overtime
$10.44 - $52.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
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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$36,381 - $63,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254

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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 go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, an upper-level role, pays $51K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker, Hospice


VITAS Innovative Hospice Care pays the most with a median salary of $51K, though there is little variation overall ($40K to $59K).

Offering a median of only $43K, Home Health and Hospice Care pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $32K on the lower end and $77K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Social Worker, Hospice


Hospice Social Workers only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Counseling, Case Management, and Bereavement Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Bereavement Counseling tend to be well versed in Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker, Hospice

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $46K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Hospice Social Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Social Worker, Hospice Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Social Worker, Hospice Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
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Counseling
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%