Social Worker (MSW) Salary

Pay for MSW Social Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Women make up the vast majority of MSW Social Workers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,991 - $62,013
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,665
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$16.46 - $31.82
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MEDIAN: $23.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,991 - $62,013  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $5,817  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$34,112 - $63,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 993
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.46 - $31.82  
   
Overtime
$7.21 - $50.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$197.27 - $5,817  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$34,112 - $63,660  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 483

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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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While not commonly seen, MSW Social Workers who transition into a Non-Profit Executive Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $60K per year. MSW Social Workers most often move into positions as Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Medical Social Workers; those groups report median salaries that are $6K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers flock to DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care, Kindred Healthcare, and Fresinius, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. 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 require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Acute Care, Hospice, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training. Those educated in Case Management tend to be well versed in 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: $45,734

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

For MSW Social Workers, working in the bustling city of Sacramento has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. MSW Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+31 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and New York (+7 percent). MSW Social Workers in Buffalo make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (11 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
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
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

▲32%

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$46,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

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%
no benefits
None: 19%
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