Women comprise the majority of Hospice Social Workers in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $49K annually on average. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Most Hospice Social Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,174 - $61,977
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$39K
$49K
$62K
MEDIAN: $49,002
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$19.55 - $31.49
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$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,174 - $61,977  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
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$39,633 - $64,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$19.55 - $31.49  
   
Overtime
$24.57 - $44.04  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,696  
   
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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$39,633 - $64,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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 $52K.

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VITAS Healthcare Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $58K.

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


Hospice Social Workers only report a few specific skills. 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. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Bereavement Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker, Hospice

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


For Hospice Social Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. Hospice Social Workers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $53K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $54K.

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Experience Affects Social Worker, Hospice Salaries




National Average
$50,000


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
$50,000

Patient Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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