A Social Worker (BSW) earns an average salary of $34,016 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Social Worker (BSW) Total Pay (?
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$25,250 - $47,947
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48K
MEDIAN: $34,015
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Social Worker (BSW) Total Pay (?
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$10.86 - $23.45
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,250 - $47,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
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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$24,587 - $48,557  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $23.45  
   
Overtime
$5.21 - $37.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
   
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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$24,587 - $48,557  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,163
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Job Description for Social Worker (BSW)
Social workers (BSW) help clients function in their current environment, working with clients to overcome challenges and promote resilience. They work with many different types of clients, such as individuals, families, organizations, other groups, and even whole communities. These professionals work with private and public social service agencies that provide medical, psychiatric, financial, and other services. Social workers (BSW) are viewed as generalists who have several areas of expertise; typical careers in this field involve advocacy, casework, and problem solving. They primarily work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, substance abuse clinics, private practices, and mental health clinics. Those that work in child and family services help vulnerable children and their families, frequently dealing with issues related to child neglect or abuse. Substance abuse social workers help clients with addiction issues and co-occurring illnesses.
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Social Worker (BSW) Tasks
  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues.
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals.
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals.
  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems.
  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient.
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Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker (BSW)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
National Average
$34,000
New York
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Chicago
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Experience Affects Social Worker (BSW) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Social Worker (BSW) Salaries

Case Management
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Counseling
0%
National Average
$34,000
Geriatrics
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Gender
Female
86%
female alumni
 
Male
14%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 20%
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