Earnings for Social Workers with Counseling skills come in at around $45K annually on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Social Workers with Counseling skills (86 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, Social Workers with Counseling skills enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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MEDIAN: $45,047
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,031 - $63,927  
   
Bonus
$203.03 - $6,082  
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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$31,540 - $65,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $33.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.60  
Overtime
$3.85 - $47.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$203.03 - $6,082  
   
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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$31,540 - $65,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 515

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Social Workers with Counseling skills fill the offices of leading firms DaVita Inc., Department of Veteran's Affairs, Catholic Charities, The Veterans Administration (United States), and University of Rochester Medical Center. Department of Veteran's Affairs leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $69K. Also paying near the top of the field are University of Rochester Medical Center at $60K, DaVita Inc. at $57K, and The Veterans Administration (United States), where Social Workers with Counseling skills annually earn $55K.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Catholic Charities ($36K), Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. ($53K), and The Veterans Administration (United States) ($55K).

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Social Workers with Counseling skills — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. For Social Workers with Counseling skills, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,436

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For Social Workers with Counseling skills, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Social Workers with Counseling skills can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). For Social Workers with Counseling skills, the Midwest means smaller paychecks — those in Columbus, St. Louis, and Cleveland earn less than Social Workers with Counseling skills in the rest of the country. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Cleveland (15 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Key Stats for Social Worker

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 250 votes.
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Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

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National Average
$45,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 250 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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