Social Worker (MSW) Salary

The average MSW Social Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $43K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $61K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for MSW Social Workers is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The vast majority of MSW Social Workers (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$32,068 - $59,769

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$14.99 - $30.89

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,068 - $59,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $1,957  
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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$31,860 - $61,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,516
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.99 - $30.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.21 - $1,957  
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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$31,860 - $61,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 607
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Job Description for Social Worker (MSW)

Social workers with a focus in MSW, or master of social welfare, are trained medical workers who use their knowledge and abilities not only to work with people, but also to help set policy and regulations for their community. The goal of the social worker MSW is to improve the lives of patients, starting with their first visit and all the way through to their full recovery. A social worker MSW requires a master's degree in social work. The social worker MSW will also need to possess knowledge about drugs, welfare, legal information pertaining to patients, and cultural traditions and differences.

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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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MSW Social Workers who advance into the role of a Non-Profit Executive Director are fairly uncommon. Non-Profit Executive Directors on average earn $59K per year. Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Medical and Public Health Social Worker is, however, a more typical career progression for MSW Social Workers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker (MSW)


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where the median salary is just $49K. However, employees at the top of the pay scale do tend to do well, earning around $66K.

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Dialysis, Bereavement Counseling, and Hospice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice. It is often found that people who know Case Management are 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $41K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. MSW Social Workers see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and New York (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Workers in Charlotte and Atlanta earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 10 percent.

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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Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

Community Health
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Training
0%

National Average
$44,000

Spanish Language
up arrow 3%

Family Practice
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 335 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%
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