Average Social Worker Salary in United Kingdom

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The average salary for a Social Worker in United Kingdom is £28,881.
MEDIAN £28,881
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£21k - £36k
£14 - £5k
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£21k - £39k

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Job Description for Social Worker

Social Worker Tasks
  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals
  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues
  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals
The top respondents for the job title Social Worker are from the companies The National Health Service (NHS), Essex County and North Lanarkshire Council. Reported salaries are highest at North Lanarkshire Council where the average pay is £32,926. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Essex County and Coventry City Council, earning around £30,517 and £30,150, respectively. Birmingham City Council pays the lowest at around £26,668. Sheffield City Council and The National Health Service (NHS) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying £27,324 and £28,778, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Social Worker. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Social Worker
Senior Social Worker
Child, Family, or School Social Worker
Social Worker (MSW)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Social Worker

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

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker

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 £26,092 based on 164 salaries. An early career Social Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £27,981 based on 746 salaries. A mid-career Social Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £30,968 based on 303 salaries. An experienced Social Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £33,206 based on 231 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £32,210.
Employees with Social Worker in their job title in London, England: London earn an average of 8.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (4.0% more) and Belfast, Northern Ireland: Belfast (1.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Nottingham, England: Nottinghamshire (8.9% less), Birmingham, England: West Midlands (7.9% less) and Birmingham, England: Birmingham (6.6% less).

Years of Experience

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