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Social Worker, Hospice Salary

Median pay for Hospice Social Workers in the United States is around $47K annually, but employers in San Diego offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $61K. Hospice Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+4 percent) and Detroit (+2 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,420 - $61,916
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$35K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,040
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$18.21 - $31.16
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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
$35,420 - $61,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
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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$36,474 - $63,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.21 - $31.16  
   
Overtime
$10.29 - $52.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,515  
   
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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$36,474 - $63,221  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 250

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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.

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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.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $77K, Home Health and Hospice Care still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $43K, the lowest in the field.

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. 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hospice Social Workers make a median salary of $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 116 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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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