$52,138
Avg. Salary
$27.17
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$996

Bonus

$50.87

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Medical Social Worker is $27.17 per hour.

The average pay for a Medical Social Worker is $52,138 per year.

$19.98
10%
$27.17
50%
$38.79
90%
MEDIAN $27.17
$40k
10%
$52k
50%
$69k
90%
MEDIAN $52,138
$39,949 - $69,214
$40K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $52,138
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50%
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$19.98 - $38.79
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$0$73K
Salary $39,949 - $69,214
Bonus $155 - $2,583
Profit Sharing $50.87
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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$40,651 - $73,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,096
Hourly Data $0$62
Hourly Rate $19.98 - $38.79
Hourly Tips $3.13
Overtime $12.26 - $62.05
Annual Data $0$73K
Bonus $155 - $2,583
Profit Sharing $50.87
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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$40,651 - $73,905
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 866

Job Description for Medical Social Worker

Medical social workers are in charge of completing administrative medical tasks while providing excellent client interactions. They are responsible for interviewing patients and relatives to form a better medical history. They perform the initial contact and complete a background screening before further testing. They document each client visit and report their progress to other medical professionals.

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Medical 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.

Medical Social Worker Pay By Employer

$0$123K

DaVita Inc.
15 profiles
$62,604

$97,112

$61,042

$51,475

$46,868

$55,124

HCR ManorCare
3 profiles
$56,000

Common Career Paths for Medical Social Worker


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Medical Social Workers' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Licensed Clinical Social Worker. On average, Licensed Clinical Social Workers get paid about the same as Medical Social Workers do. Medical Social Workers most frequently advance into Social Worker and Hospice Social Worker roles even though the median salaries are $14K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

Medical Social Worker Job Listings

Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker


Medical Social Workers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Geriatrics, Assessment, and Palliative Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Crisis intervention. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Hospice.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Social Worker

Pay by Experience for a Medical Social Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Medical Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 538 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Medical 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 $54,000 based on 298 salaries. An experienced Medical Social Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 296 salaries. A Medical 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 $61,000 based on 158 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

43%

4%

-1%

-2%

-8%

-21%

National Average: $53,944

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

Medical Social Workers will find that Oakland offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Medical Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+23 percent), Honolulu (+7 percent), New York (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Medical Social Workers in San Diego earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Medical Social Worker Advice

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

Medical Social Worker in Atlanta:
"Documentation Involved."
Prepare for proper documentation & become an expert on resources.

Medical Social Worker in Hilo:
"Challenging and Rewarding."
Pros: Each day is something new and we have the opportunity to face fresh challenges everyday. The resolution of these challenges eases the challenges of life for our patients and enables them to succeed in a community setting.
Cons: There are limited resources in our community and we often cannot resolve all of the concerns that patients come to the hospital with.

Medical Social Worker in Houston:
Pros: Flexible hours. The number of vacation days.
Cons:

Medical Social Worker in Murfreesboro:
"Hospice Work."
Pros: I love being able to be available to a vulnerable population that is in need of guidance and counseling due to grief. My job is flexible and I enjoy my coworkers.
Cons: I am very much underpaid for the work I do on a regular basis and based on my performance scores.

Medical Social Worker in Grove City:
"Never a dull moment!"
One needs to be proficient in multi-tasking, re-prioritizing throughout the day as necessary and communication with peers, patients, families and management. Those who excel in this job are optimistic people with strong leadership skills and a great deal of patience. Organizational skills are necessary as well.

Medical Social Worker in Northport:
"Work never ends."
Be prepared to provide a lot of case management.

Medical Social Worker in Downers Grove:
"Grueling Work, Frantic Pace, Must Keep Track Of Details"
Hospital Social Work seems to pay better than community social work. However, in some hospital institutions Social Workers are more tolerated than welcomed. Furthermore, the rest of the Social Work field may some times look down on Medical Social Workers as the duties in medical are seen as different than mental health or community social work. In medical social work your client contact is short-term, concerned primarily it's about discharge planning. It is a frantic pace and patients must be moved out, so, don't make early evening plans as you might not get there on time. You can't just walk out at 5:00 PM if there are still patients who need to leave. You will likely have to work occasional weekends and/or carry a pager after hours. Social Workers who can do this job can work fast, keep track of details in the midst of constant interruptions, change priorities but still keep track of things and be a good manager of time.

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Key Stats for Medical Social Worker

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Experience Affects Medical Social Worker Salaries

▲13%

▲8%

National Average
$54,000

▼1%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Medical Social Worker Salaries

▲11%

Geriatrics
▲11%

Assessment
▲9%



Oncology
▲6%

Group Therapy
▲6%

▲2%




National Average
$54,000

Case Management
▼1%

▼1%

Hospice Care
▼1%

Crisis intervention
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 273 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 18%