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Social Worker (MSW) Salary

Average MSW Social Workers in the United States make around $42K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $31K, and the top verges on $60K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. The majority of MSW Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female MSW Social Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,617 - $58,832
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $41,863
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$14.71 - $30.35
(Median)
$15
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,617 - $58,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,970  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $1,379  
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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$31,417 - $60,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,593
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $30.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.65  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $1,379  
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).
)
$31,417 - $60,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 637

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Non-Profit Executive Directors. That role pays $59K per year on average. 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)


Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $48K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $36K while workers on the upper end may rake in $65K.

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Dialysis can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Psychiatric and Bereavement Counseling are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 14 percent and 23 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Family Practice and Spanish Language. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed 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.


MSW Social Workers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. On average, MSW Social Workers make $50K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Sacramento, San Diego, and Los Angeles — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for MSW Social Workers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta and Columbus (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
$43,000


Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

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Clinical Psychology
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Case Management
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Training
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Counseling
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National Average
$43,000

Spanish Language
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 477 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%