MSW Social Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $45K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Work is enjoyable for MSW Social Workers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of MSW Social Workers are female. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,911 - $62,038
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$34K
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$62K
MEDIAN: $44,634
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$16.72 - $31.93
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$33,911 - $62,038  
   
Bonus
$61.28 - $5,872  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$34,123 - $63,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,017
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.72 - $31.93  
   
Overtime
$9.79 - $49.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$61.28 - $5,872  
   
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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$34,123 - $63,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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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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It's not very common for MSW Social Workers to move on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors. Average pay for a Non-Profit Executive Director is $60K annually. 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)


Salary cannot be beat at DaVita Inc., where median pay comes to $57K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $44K, and the higher end is not far away at $68K.

MSW Social Workers will find the worst pay at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $49K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $64K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Hospice, Acute Care, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Family Practice. Most people familiar with 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $44K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. On average, MSW Social Workers make $54K following one to two decades on the job. As MSW Social Workers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,734

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

For MSW Social Workers, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. MSW Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Richmond (+7 percent). MSW Social Workers in Buffalo take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Chicago (10 percent lower) and Detroit (5 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
$46,000


Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

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Geriatrics
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Psychiatric
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Patient Education
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Community Health
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Spanish Language
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Program Management
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Case Management
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National Average
$46,000

Counseling
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Family Practice
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 112 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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