Social Worker, Hospice Salary

Average Hospice Social Workers in the United States make around $48K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $38K to $64K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the company and tenure. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Hospice Social Workers (90 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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
10%
50%
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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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


VITAS Healthcare Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $54K.

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 $44K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Social Worker, Hospice


Job skills reported by Hospice Social Workers are limited. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Bereavement Counseling, Case Management, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $51K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Hospice Social Workers make a median salary of $51K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $53K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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