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The average pay for a Social Worker is $13.84 per hour.

The average pay for a Social Worker is $38,500 per year.

MEDIAN $13.84
MEDIAN $38,500
$13.30 - $15.33
MEDIAN: $13.84

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Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $13.84
Overtime $22.60
Annual Data $0$44K
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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).
$20,940 - $44,698
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 7 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 8

Job Description for Social Worker

A social worker will work closely with patients and their families to assess and treat a myriad of issues, and to help in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems of various natures. Excellent communication skills are integral to the job, as the social worker must be able to facilitate education, work with support groups, and provide referrals to patients. The employee will have the resources and research abilities to find information that is relevant to issues particular to a patient’s case and disseminate that information in a way that the patient and his or her family can understand. A social worker must have good time management and organization skills to maintain a caseload and sufficiently document cases as patients are reevaluated at appropriate intervals throughout their treatment. The worker will be the patient’s advocate and will provide the patient with resources that can help in dealing with his or her issues and learning to function as a normal member of society. Education requirements typically include a master’s degree in social work (MSW), and a social worker must be licensed in the state of employment or must be able to obtain a license before the first day of work. An applicant should be able to work with people of all walks of life, and be comfortable with a diverse patient base as the issues that strike patients do not discriminate on any basis. Knowledge of other languages is helpful for a social worker, but is not a requirement for employment. (Copyright 2018 PayScale.com)

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.

Social Worker Job Listings

Head Start Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Social Worker in Cleveland:
"Career Path."
If Social Work is a desired career path, my advice is to obtain an undergraduate degree in Social Work, but choose Business, Education or another discipline for your Masters work, as you will have many more opportunities available to you.

Social Worker in San Bernardino:
"You Can't Fix Everybody Or You'll Hit Burn Out."
Learn to pace yourself and remind yourself that the patient is here to do the work for themselves. You are the facilitator. You will hear the first client's heart felt story of true hardship and want to do everything for them, but by the end of the 1st month, you will have been told the same story by 100 people variation of the same story. As harsh as it sound one must learn to remain objective about the whole position. You can't help everyone.

Social Worker in Ogden:
"Very demanding."
Pros: Helping others.
Cons: Low pay, poor benefits, no 401 K, ungrateful bosses, ect....

Social Worker in Grand Rapids:
"Day To Day, Challenges And Rewards."
Pros: I like seeing kids and families feel empowered and watching the transformation from chaos to stability. My co-workers are fun and my schedule is flexible.
Cons: The work is very stressful. There are loads of paperwork and unclear expectations. Management is poor and does not know how to manage staff well. There are late nights and early mornings. The families do not always want to have service providers in their homes and it comes out on me.

Social Worker in Waco:
"It's My Passion."
Pros: I like that everyday is something new and that I am constantly learning.
Cons: Compassion, fatigue and the lack of the ability to truly leave your work at work.

Social Worker in Augusta:
"Direct Service With Clinical Skills Needed."
Pros: I love the variety of the work I do, the clientele vary in their range of need from me, and the data required from regulations validates the contribution of social work services. I also find it helpful to be connected to other social workers in other clinics, I can always find someone who knows how to handle a specific situation. I also like being useful for the patients as well as the staff.
Cons: I need to be earning more money, I hope I won't have to leave the job to be able to do that. I also need a better retirement plan. DaVita is in the news often for being a Fortune 500 company, and our CEO earns so very much dollars, but for the rest of us workers, it is painful to see the way raises are not given at intervals that they should, the management principles are not often carried out even though they are sound practices.

Social Worker in Berkley:
"Live Near Your Work."
Take offers for starting positions to get experience, but then search for the position you want and change to that as soon as you can within 5-8 years of first position. Once you reach the upper portion of the pay scale it is not financially worth it to change districts as most won't match your current pay level.

Key Stats for Social Worker

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 30%
no benefits
None: 20%