Entry-Level Social Worker Salary

The average pay for an Entry-Level Social Worker is $39,414 per year. A skill in Assessment is associated with high pay for this job.

$29,233 - $53,009
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,413
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$11.94 - $25.64
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,233 - $53,009  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
Profit Sharing
$30.00  
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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$27,900 - $53,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $25.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.73  
Overtime
$7.89 - $38.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$30.00  
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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$27,900 - $53,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,439
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National Average: $38,975

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Social Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Social Worker in South Africa:
"That salary was not so few."
First find out whether you really have a passion for working with people and doing inspections in all types of houses.

Social Worker in Seattle:
"High stress."
Get a masters degree and realize you are not going to get rich. Helping people has to be its own reward.

Social Worker in Cleveland:
"Be Aware."
To be aware that employers hire on a no fault basis, meaning that they can fire you without providing a reason.

Social Worker in Albertville:
"Limited Avenues For Change."
When considering a job in social work, consider there are limited fields to practice your trade. Most social works will work for DHR/state. If a desired field of practice is medical, then I strongly recommend going ahead and getting your MSW, and licensure. LMSW/LGSW. If one desires to "climb the ladder", then your options are limited re: social work, or at least that is my experience. Pay rate is low, and stress can be very high. When choosing the field, understand that people with less "college education/degree" will more than likely make more money than you, and will climb the ladder of success faster than you. I love what I do, but I can' t lie when I say it "burns me up" knowing I have a four year degree and am getting paid a little more than min. Wage, and someone with a 2 year degree makes twice, and sometimes triple than I. My rewards out weight the bad, and thankfully my husband provides the majority of our income. If he did not, I would have to have a second job, no doubt.

Social Worker in Cleveland:
"Career Path."
If Social Work is a desired career path, my advice is to obtain an undergraduate degree in Social Work, but choose Business, Education or another discipline for your Masters work, as you will have many more opportunities available to you.

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Skills That Affect Social Worker Salaries

Assessment
up arrow 17%


Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Hospice
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Bilingual
up arrow 7%


Counseling
up arrow 4%

Spanish Language
up arrow 4%

Long Term Care
up arrow 1%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

Child Advocacy
0%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 482 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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