Social Worker Salary

A Social Worker earns an average salary of $43,619 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Bilingual, Psychiatric, Patient Counseling, and Hospice.

$30,656 - $63,342
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$44K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,619
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$13.27 - $30.57
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MEDIAN: $20.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,656 - $63,342  
   
Bonus
$203.37 - $4,878  
Profit Sharing
$975  
Commission
$610  
Total Pay (?
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$29,999 - $63,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 4,096
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.27 - $30.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.61  
Overtime
$13.79 - $44.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$203.37 - $4,878  
   
Commission
$610  
Profit Sharing
$975  
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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$29,999 - $63,623  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,971

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Job Description for Social Worker

A social worker will work closely with patients and their families to assess and treat a myriad of issues, and to help in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems of various natures. Excellent communication skills are integral to the job, as the social worker must be able to facilitate education, work with support groups, and provide referrals to patients. The employee will have the resources and research abilities to find information that is relevant to issues particular to a patient’s case and disseminate that information in a way that the patient and his or her family can understand. A social worker must have good time management and organization skills to maintain a caseload and sufficiently document cases as patients are reevaluated at appropriate intervals throughout their treatment. The worker will be the patient’s advocate and will provide the patient with resources that can help in dealing with his or her issues and learning to function as a normal member of society. Education requirements typically include a master’s degree in social work (MSW), and a social worker must be licensed in the state of employment or must be able to obtain a license before the first day of work. An applicant should be able to work with people of all walks of life, and be comfortable with a diverse patient base as the issues that strike patients do not discriminate on any basis. Knowledge of other languages is helpful for a social worker, but is not a requirement for employment.


Social Worker Tasks

  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues.
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals.
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals.
  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems.
  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,178

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Social Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Social Worker?

Social Worker in Charleston:
"Love the patients and families."
Pros: I love being able to support and educate patients and families at end of life. I work with an amazing group of nurses who adhere to the concept of teamwork.
Cons: I feel as if I am no longer able to provide exceptional care as a result of widespread territory and colleagues that have a different vision than me on end of life care and what is deemed important. Everything must be a "protocol."

Social Worker in Fargo:
"It went well."
Pros: I get to work with people and their families. I work at my own pace and plan out my days.
Cons: Commuting and pay.

Social Worker in Watertown:
"Helping as a Calling."
Pros: Helping people to find alternatives to their self-defeating behavior. Convincing my clients that change is possible, and that they can change their lives.
Cons: Currently, I find the pay disappointing. Social Workers find it difficult financially right after graduation because of the burden of student loans for Graduate School.

Social Worker in Rock Hill:
"Stressful."
Pros: The impact your career has on others.
Cons: The stress can become overwhelming.

Social Worker in Martinsburg:
"Doing The Most Good."
Pros: I get to help and meet new people every day. I work for a church so my boss is amazing.
Cons: I'm not always able to help those in need. Lack of funds and lack of helping the right people who needs it instead of people who won't try to help themselves.

Social Worker in Grand Rapids:
"Day To Day, Challenges And Rewards."
Pros: I like seeing kids and families feel empowered and watching the transformation from chaos to stability. My co-workers are fun and my schedule is flexible.
Cons: The work is very stressful. There are loads of paperwork and unclear expectations. Management is poor and does not know how to manage staff well. There are late nights and early mornings. The families do not always want to have service providers in their homes and it comes out on me.

Social Worker in Waco:
"It's My Passion."
Pros: I like that everyday is something new and that I am constantly learning.
Cons: Compassion, fatigue and the lack of the ability to truly leave your work at work.

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Key Stats for Social Worker

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 604 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

▲28%

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Social Worker Salaries

▲20%

▲17%


▲15%

▲9%


Clinical Supervision
▲7%

▲5%

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National Average
$43,000


Training
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 604 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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