MSW Social Workers in the United States take home approximately $44K per year on average. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. Female MSW Social Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$33,936 - $61,755
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$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,459
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$16.63 - $31.85
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MEDIAN: $23.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,936 - $61,755  
   
Bonus
$199.11 - $5,175  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$34,121 - $63,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.63 - $31.85  
   
Overtime
$9.70 - $50.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$199.11 - $5,175  
   
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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$34,121 - $63,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 486

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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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MSW Social Workers do not often transition into Non-Profit Executive Director roles. The role averages $60K per year. The most common next step for a MSW Social Worker is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Medical Social Worker. The former position pays an additional $6K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker (MSW)


Although salaries only range from $44K to just $68K, DaVita Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $58K.

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Acute Care, Bereavement Counseling, and Hospice are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 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)

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $44K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $49K on average. On average, MSW Social Workers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. MSW Social Workers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,607

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

For MSW Social Workers, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. MSW Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Sacramento (+32 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for MSW Social Workers is geography, with workers in Buffalo earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (10 percent lower) and Detroit (7 percent lower).

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
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.
052
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Social Worker (MSW) Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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