Social Worker with Counseling Skills Salary

The nationwide average salary for Social Workers with Counseling skills is $44K annually, but those working at Department of Veteran's Affairs can pull down an average $68K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,778 - $64,256
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$64K
MEDIAN: $44,081
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90%

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$13.70 - $31.67
(Median)
$14
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,778 - $64,256  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
Profit Sharing
$10.17  
Commission
$600  
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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$30,513 - $64,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,946
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $31.67  
   
Overtime
$14.48 - $44.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,006  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$10.17  
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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$30,513 - $64,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 661
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Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker

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


For Social Workers with Counseling skills, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. Social Workers with Counseling skills claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,260

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For Social Workers with Counseling skills, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Social Workers with Counseling skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+19 percent), Boston (+18 percent), San Diego (+18 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 403 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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