Clinical Social Worker Salary

Clinical Social Workers in the United States take home an average $53K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Clinical Social Workers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,837 - $73,226
$39K
$53K
$73K
MEDIAN: $53,207
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$19.29 - $40.82
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$0$76K
Salary $38,837 - $73,226
Bonus $493.16 - $14,453
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$39,151 - $76,944
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 511
Hourly Data $0$121
Hourly Rate $19.29 - $40.82
Overtime $15.32 - $121.20
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $493.16 - $14,453
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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$39,151 - $76,944
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 186

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Job Description for Clinical Social Worker

The duties performed by a clinical social worker role are numerous and vary according to the particular setting in which they work. Overall, clinical social workers deliver therapy to individuals who are in need of mental or emotional support, as well as coordinate various other services to help meet individuals’ needs. Clinical social workers’ work environments vary widely depending on their employers; typical employers include hospitals, mental health clinics, residential nursing facilities, home healthcare companies, and substance abuse treatment centers.

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Clinical Social Worker Tasks

  • Coordinate patient interactions from patient care, discharge instructions, follow-up to aftercare information.
  • Negotiate with payers, outreach, family, and third party groups to safeguard patients.
  • Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
  • Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Social Worker


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As Clinical Social Workers make advancements to positions like Social Worker, salaries may go down sharply. Usually, Social Workers make $37K.

Clinical Social Worker Job Listings

Popular Skills for Clinical Social Worker


Clinical Social Workers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Crisis intervention, Bereavement Counseling, Assessment, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Spanish Language, Psychotherapy, and mental health. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Social Worker

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Social Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 323 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Social Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 170 salaries. An experienced Clinical Social Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 195 salaries. A Clinical Social Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 126 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,928

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

Clinical Social Workers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Clinical Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Detroit is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Philadelphia (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Clinical Social Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Social Worker?

Clinical Social Worker in Silver Spring:
"Overworked Social Workers."
Pros: Enjoy working with Medicaid population. Families struggling with poverty and mental health.
Cons: Excessive, unpaid hours for ever-increasing paperwork demands and unreimbursed expenses such as gas, mileage, training time, parking.

Clinical Social Worker in New Haven:
"Rewarding, but not because of pay."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: The pay.

Clinical Social Worker in Columbus:
Pros: Seeing people change.
Cons: Sitting all day.

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Key Stats for Clinical Social Worker

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Clinical Social Worker Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$54,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Clinical Social Worker Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲18%

Assessment
▲12%

Bereavement Counseling
▲12%



National Average
$54,000

▼2%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼2%

Patient Counseling
▼6%

Bilingual
▼7%

Group Therapy
▼11%

Psychotherapy
▼12%

mental health
▼12%

Spanish Language
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 17%
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