Social Workers with Counseling skills usually earn approximately $45K per year , but Department of Veteran's Affairs offers a significantly higher median of $69K. Social Workers with Counseling skills can also look forward to large paychecks at University of Rochester Medical Center ($60K), DaVita Inc. ($56K), and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. ($53K). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,728 - $63,952
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$64K
MEDIAN: $44,733
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$14.53 - $33.05
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,728 - $63,952  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$3,150  
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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$31,315 - $65,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,381
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.53 - $33.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$2.14 - $44.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$200.00 - $6,104  
   
Commission
$600  
Profit Sharing
$3,150  
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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$31,315 - $65,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 494
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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 $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Social Worker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $58K.

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Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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