Social Worker Salary (United States)

A Social Worker earns an average salary of $40,549 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Home Health/Home Care, Bereavement Counseling, Hospice, Psychiatric, and Geriatrics.
Social Worker Total Pay (?
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$29,263 - $60,268
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MEDIAN: $40,548
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Social Worker Total Pay (?
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$12.16 - $28.63
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,263 - $60,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
Profit Sharing
$4.00 - $16,750  
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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$28,507 - $60,562  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $28.63  
   
Overtime
$1.66 - $40.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.00 - $16,750  
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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$28,507 - $60,562  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,404
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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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Social Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Social Worker?
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.
What is it like working as a Social Worker at DaVita Inc.?
Social Worker in Augusta:
"Direct Service With Clinical Skills Needed."
Pros: I love the variety of the work I do, the clientele vary in their range of need from me, and the data required from regulations validates the contribution of social work services. I also find it helpful to be connected to other social workers in other clinics, I can always find someone who knows how to handle a specific situation. I also like being useful for the patients as well as the staff.
Cons: I need to be earning more money, I hope I won't have to leave the job to be able to do that. I also need a better retirement plan. DaVita is in the news often for being a Fortune 500 company, and our CEO earns so very much dollars, but for the rest of us workers, it is painful to see the way raises are not given at intervals that they should, the management principles are not often carried out even though they are sound practices.
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Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Social Worker Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
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Bereavement Counseling
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Assessment
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Long Term Care
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Community Health
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Spanish Language
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Case Management
0%
Child Advocacy
0%
mental health
0%
National Average
$41,000
Crisis intervention
up arrow 3%
Knowledge of Department of Public Welfare (DPW) Programs
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Job Satisfaction
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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 868 votes.
Gender
Female
84%
female alumni
 
Male
16%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 16%
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