Average Social Worker Salary in United Kingdom

£29,551
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£1,493
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The average salary for a Social Worker in United Kingdom is £29,551.
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£22k
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£30k
90%
£37k
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What Do Social Workers Do?

The top respondents for the job title Social Worker are from the companies Essex County, Birmingham City Council and The National Health Service (NHS). Reported salaries are highest at North Lanarkshire Council where the average pay is £31,306. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Coventry City Council and Leicestershire County Council, earning around £30,150 and £29,844, respectively. Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council pays the lowest at around £26,087. Birmingham City Council and Essex County also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying £26,191 and £28,834, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Social Workers?

Skills in Case Management and Filing Court Documents are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Child Advocacy, Child Placement and Oral / Verbal Communication.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Social Workers?

An entry-level Social Worker with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £26,560 based on 139 salaries. An early career Social Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £28,964 based on 715 salaries. A mid-career Social Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £31,567 based on 265 salaries. An experienced Social Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £33,163 based on 194 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £32,383.
Employees with Social Worker in their job title in London, England: London earn an average of 9.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in London, England (6.6% more) and Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (0.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Birmingham, England: Birmingham (9.2% less), Nottingham, England: Nottinghamshire (8.7% less) and Manchester, England: Manchester (0.7% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,402 survey responses.
Entry Level
9.9%
Early Career
51.0%
Mid Career
18.9%
Experienced
13.8%
Late Career
6.3%