Social Worker (MSW) Salary

MSW Social Workers in the United States take home approximately $45K per year on average. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. For the most part, MSW Social Workers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. MSW Social Workers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,045 - $62,224
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,021
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$16.54 - $31.62
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MEDIAN: $23.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$34,045 - $62,224  
   
Bonus
$193.15 - $5,190  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$34,194 - $63,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,031
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.54 - $31.62  
   
Overtime
$9.97 - $49.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$193.15 - $5,190  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$34,194 - $63,568  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 499

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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

  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems.
  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient.
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals.
  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues.
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals.

Common Career Paths for Social Worker (MSW)


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It's not very common for MSW Social Workers to move on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors. Average pay for a Non-Profit Executive Director is $60K annually. MSW Social Workers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Medical Social Workers. The median paychecks in those roles are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker (MSW)


DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care, Kindred Healthcare, and Fresinius are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of MSW Social Workers. DaVita Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $58K, though there is little variation overall ($44K to $68K).

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Acute Care, Hospice, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Training. Most people who know Case Management also know Patient Education and Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker (MSW)

Pay by Experience for a Social Worker (MSW) has a positive trend. An entry-level Social Worker (MSW) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,006 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Social Worker (MSW) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 307 salaries. An experienced Social Worker (MSW) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 258 salaries. A Social Worker (MSW) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 129 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,017

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

For those looking to make money, MSW Social Workers in Sacramento enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. MSW Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+30 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and New York (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Buffalo, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Workers in Chicago and Detroit earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

Social Worker (MSW) Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Social Worker (MSW)

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

▲31%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$46,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 19%
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