Average Medical Social Worker Salary

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The average salary for a Medical Social Worker is $52,548.
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$40k - $70k
$194 - $3k
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$0 - $51
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$41k - $74k

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Job Description for Medical Social Worker

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.
The top respondents for the job title Medical Social Worker are from the companies DaVita Inc., Kindred Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente. Reported salaries are highest at Kaiser Permanente where the average pay is $74,500. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include DaVita Inc. and Kindred Healthcare, earning around $60,000 and $57,981, respectively. Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. pays the lowest at around $50,050. Indiana University (IU) Health and Gentiva Health Services, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $50,296 and $55,124, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Medical 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.
Medical Social Worker
Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Social Worker (MSW)
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Medical Social Worker

Skills in Case Management, Counseling, Hospice, Bereavement Counseling and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Medical Social Worker

An entry-level Medical Social Worker with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,322 based on 54 salaries. An early career Medical Social Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,662 based on 721 salaries. A mid-career Medical Social Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,860 based on 408 salaries. An experienced Medical Social Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,907 based on 425 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $62,130.
Employees with Medical Social Worker in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 21.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (12.2% more) and Dallas, Texas (3.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (6.3% less), Chicago, Illinois (1.1% less) and San Diego, California (0.3% less).

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