Social Worker with Counseling Skills Salary

Though nationally Social Workers with Counseling skills make an average $44K annually, those in this field can find the most generous pay at Department of Veteran's Affairs, where the average salary is around $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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50%
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 (?
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. For Social Workers with Counseling skills, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary 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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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Social Workers with Counseling skills, 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 smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Columbus. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Chicago (13 percent lower and 6 percent lower, 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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