Social Worker (MSW) Salary

Pay for MSW Social Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $43K per year. Pay generally varies between $33K and $62K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. Most MSW Social Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. MSW Social Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,639 - $60,093
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,478
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$15.40 - $31.13
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,639 - $60,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $2,466  
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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$32,555 - $61,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $31.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $2,466  
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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$32,555 - $61,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 604
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Job Description for Social Worker (MSW)

Although social work includes a wide range of specialties, social workers are generally tasked with helping people cope with problems in their daily lives. This includes offering support and services to children and families in need, as well as the academic needs of children in schools. They may also assist patients in health care settings, explain treatments, and set up at-home care.

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Social Worker (MSW) 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.

Common Career Paths for Social Worker (MSW)


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There are some MSW Social Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Non-Profit Executive Directors, where earnings are an average $60K annually. As MSW Social Workers progress in their field, many go on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $51K per year. Another common career choice for MSW Social Workers is to move into a Medical and Public Health Social Worker role. Typically, Medical and Public Health Social Workers get paid $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker (MSW)


Bringing up the rear, Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.'s median pay of $50K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $66K.

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Dialysis, Bereavement Counseling, and Hospice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Family Practice, Training, and Spanish Language. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Patient Education and Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker (MSW)

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for MSW Social Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. MSW Social Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,431

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For MSW Social Workers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. MSW Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), Houston (+11 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Cleveland (+7 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (9 percent lower).

Social Worker (MSW) Reviews

What is it like working as a Social Worker (MSW)?

Social Worker (MSW) in Los Angeles:
"Business to MSW."
Pros: Autonomy, working from home, field-based mental health, helping homeless veterans, providing context for others growth, assisting them in their growth.
Cons: Poor hygiene of clients, exposure to bugs and viruses, importance of productivity rates and clinical notes, clients ambivalence and lack of insight, lack of resources, lack of support from headquarters.

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Experience Affects Social Worker (MSW) Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

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Community Health
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Patient Education
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Clinical Psychology
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Program Management
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Case Management
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National Average
$44,000

Counseling
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Spanish Language
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Training
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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