$46,373
Avg. Salary
$22.92
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Licensed Social Worker is $22.92 per hour.

The average pay for a Licensed Social Worker is $46,373 per year.

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$16.74
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MEDIAN $46,373
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$0$64K
Salary $35,037 - $63,609
Bonus $300 - $3,072
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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$35,062 - $64,390
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 842
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $16.74 - $31.57
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $18.99 - $45.23
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $300 - $3,072
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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$35,062 - $64,390
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 451

Job Description for Licensed Social Worker

Licensed social workers perform a number of duties associated with helping clients. They are responsible for assessing and determining client’s needs based on the individual's goals and support system, as well as helping develop plans with client to help meet their needs. These professionals also assist clients in locating necessary resources and follow up as needed. Additionally, licensed social workers evaluate individuals for potential cognitive issues or mental illnesses, as well as help clients locate needed services to treat those issues as they exist. They also help develop treatment plans and provide therapy to clients and their families.

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Licensed 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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Social Worker


DaVita Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $57K.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Social Worker


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It doesn't happen often, but some Licensed Social Workers do move on to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $52K per year. The most common career progression for Licensed Social Workers leads to becoming a Social Worker, where pay is typically $39K. However, many Licensed Social Workers also opt to become Medical Social Workers, a position that pays $52K on average.

Licensed Social Worker Job Listings

Popular Skills for Licensed Social Worker


Survey results imply that Licensed Social Workers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Patient Counseling, Spanish Language, Training, and Psychiatric are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geriatrics, Assessment, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning. Most people experienced in Case Management also know Spanish Language.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Social Worker

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Social Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 436 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed 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 $48,000 based on 174 salaries. An experienced Licensed Social Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 155 salaries. A Licensed 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 $53,000 based on 74 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $46,979

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

For Licensed Social Workers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Licensed Social Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+6 percent), Houston (+5 percent), and Baltimore (+4 percent). Licensed Social Workers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Licensed Social Workers in Dayton bring in salaries that are 28 percent lower than the national average. Columbus and Cincinnati are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

Licensed Social Worker Reviews

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

Licensed Social Worker in Salem:
"Flexible, creative thinking, crisis intervention are all great descriptions of my job."
Pros: Flexibility and patient care
Cons: Company politics

Licensed Social Worker in Columbus:
"I wished I got promises in writing."
Do not stop at a Bachelors level degree it gets you know where-at least obtain a MSW or LISW or get into another field.

Licensed Social Worker in Rochester:
"Find your wealth elsewhere."
Don't do it unless you're independently wealthy. It's a challenging career economically and the rewards are fewer and fewer.

Licensed Social Worker in Edison:
"Helping others."
Pros: The appreciation from the patients and their families.
Cons: Stressful and not enough resources.

Licensed Social Worker in Augusta:
The desire to help people was the draw for me, and I think most people, to this field. This is an excellent quality to have; you must be caring to do this work. However, it can also be a detriment if you are not prepared for the fact that you will sometimes--even many times--not be able to help the person or never know how if your intervention had a positive impact. In other words, you have to have good boundaries and realistic expectations. You need to be satisfied that you may only plant a seed, and may not be around to see that seed grow. It is that person's responsibility to take what you have given them...resources, knowledge, skills, opportunities...and put them to work and it is their choice whether or not they want to do that. As far as day to day tasks, there is a lot of multitasking and repeated prioritizing involved--requests for help more than the capacity to help. At the end of the day, you have to leave it behind so you can be ready to serve again the next.

Licensed Social Worker in Philadelphia:
"Exoerience in field."
Work a couple of years in field.

Licensed Social Worker in Syracuse:
"SOCIAL WORK is a diverse, rewarding career."
Degree prepares SW'er for session work ie...therapy. Choosing an alternate route may NOT provide some w/same rewards of helping people.

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Key Stats for Licensed Social Worker

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Licensed Social Worker Salaries

▲12%

▲9%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Licensed Social Worker Salaries

Patient Counseling
▲16%


National Average
$47,000

Training
▼2%

Counseling
▼3%

discharge planning
▼3%

Psychiatric
▼3%

Case Management
▼4%


Crisis intervention
▼10%

Community Outreach / Activism
▼13%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼14%

Assessment
▼15%

Geriatrics
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%