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 (+9 percent) and Columbus (+4 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,405 - $61,819
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,566
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$18.51 - $31.39
(Median)
$19
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$35,405 - $61,819  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,445  
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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$36,930 - $63,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.51 - $31.39  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $52.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,445  
   
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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$36,930 - $63,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262
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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


With a median salary of $51K, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care offers Hospice Social Workers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $40K and are capped at $59K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Home Health and Hospice Care offers the lowest median salary at $43K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $32K and $77K.

Popular Skills for Social Worker, Hospice


Typical Hospice Social Workers report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Counseling, Case Management, and Bereavement Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Bereavement Counseling indicates knowledge of 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $46K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Hospice Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Hospice Social Worker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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 106 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

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: 76% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%
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