Social Worker (MSW) Salary

The average MSW Social Worker in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $43K per year. Earnings generally vary between $33K and $62K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The vast majority of MSW Social Workers (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of MSW Social Workers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$32,639 - $60,093
(Median)
$33K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $43,478
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$15.40 - $31.13
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,639 - $60,093  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $2,466  
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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$32,555 - $61,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $31.13  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$1.14 - $2,466  
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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$32,555 - $61,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 604
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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

  • 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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There are some MSW Social Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Non-Profit Executive Directors, where earnings are an average $60K annually. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker role is the most common promotion for MSW Social Workers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $51K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for MSW Social Workers is a Medical and Public Health Social Worker position, where earnings are usually $43K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker (MSW)


Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $50K) but some workers make up to $66K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


Survey results imply that MSW Social Workers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Dialysis, Bereavement Counseling, and Hospice are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 9 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Family Practice, Training, and Spanish Language. Most people experienced in 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 make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. MSW Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. MSW Social Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,431

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

Home to some of the best pay for MSW Social Workers, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. MSW Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+15 percent), Houston (+11 percent), New York (+8 percent), and Cleveland (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (12 percent less) and Atlanta (9 percent less).

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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Community Health
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Patient Education
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Clinical Psychology
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Case Management
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National Average
$44,000

Counseling
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Spanish Language
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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