Social Worker, Hospice Salary

Average Hospice Social Workers in the United States make around $48K per year. Earnings sit near $38K on the lower side but can approach $64K per year on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by the company and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Hospice Social Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. There are far more female Hospice Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 90 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,089 - $62,275
(Median)
$36K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $48,349
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50%
90%

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$18.91 - $31.94
(Median)
$19
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$36,089 - $62,275  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,236  
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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$38,194 - $64,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $31.94  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $52.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,236  
   
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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$38,194 - $64,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 282
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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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Many Hospice Social Workers move into a Licensed Clinical Social Worker role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Licensed Clinical Social Workers on average bring in a similar salary to Hospice Social Workers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker, Hospice


For Hospice Social Workers, comfortable salaries can be found at VITAS Healthcare Corporation; in fact, median earnings sit around $54K, the highest in the area.

Employees of Home Health and Hospice Care can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $44K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $32K to $77K.

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, Bereavement Counseling, Case Management, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Patient Counseling. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Bereavement Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker, Hospice

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


Hospice Social Workers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $47K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. Hospice Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $53K.

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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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Case Management
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National Average
$49,000

Patient Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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