Social Worker Salary

A Social Worker earns an average salary of $43,619 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Bilingual, Psychiatric, Patient Counseling, and Hospice.

$30,946 - $65,065
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$45K
$65K
MEDIAN: $44,808
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$13.44 - $30.91
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$0$76K
Salary $30,946 - $65,065
Bonus $197.27 - $4,070
Profit Sharing $0.21 - $76,340
Commission $900
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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$30,337 - $65,034
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,028
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.44 - $30.91
Hourly Tips $0.62
Overtime $13.70 - $45.25
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $197.27 - $4,070
Commission $900
Profit Sharing $0.21 - $76,340
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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$30,337 - $65,034
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,018

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 2017 PayScale.com)


Social Worker Tasks

  • Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient
  • Facilitate education, support groups and referrals
  • Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues
  • Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems
  • Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals

Common Career Paths for Social Worker


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Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker

Pay by Experience for a Social Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Social Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 3,629 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $46,000 based on 1,503 salaries. An experienced 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 1,351 salaries. A 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 $55,000 based on 652 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,130

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

Social Worker Reviews

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

Social Worker in Charleston:
"Love the patients and families."
Pros: I love being able to support and educate patients and families at end of life. I work with an amazing group of nurses who adhere to the concept of teamwork.
Cons: I feel as if I am no longer able to provide exceptional care as a result of widespread territory and colleagues that have a different vision than me on end of life care and what is deemed important. Everything must be a "protocol."

Social Worker in Tampa:
"Assistance when needed."
Pros: Being able to really help someone is gratifying.
Cons: Some of the sad situations people find themselves in.

Social Worker in Evansville:
"Exciting."
Pros: Serving families at risk of losing their children.
Cons: Families not connecting with the service offered.

Social Worker in Delaware City:
"My Journey."
Pros: Helping others obtain housing and services they need to meet their. Needs.
Cons: Many different job functions, limited help at times.

Social Worker in swaziland:
"Very satisfying because I get to help people deal with daily social problems such as poverty and gender inequality."
Pros: People are suffering in the world and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to help individuals, groups and communities put their lives together. They are faced with life challeges that affect them directly and in directly such as poverty, gender inequality, violence against women and children and HIV/AIDS. As a social worker I am able to help individuals, groups and communities deal with problem situations and find effective ways of managing their lives when in crises or in need of improvement.
Cons: It is very demanding emotionally, physically and mentally. The issues that I deal with are very sensitive and at times this may affect ur health as social workers . In society some social issues are viewed to be least important and others take first preference over others and this influences the money given to each cause which is because of statistics attached to the damage they cause e.g HIV/AIDS, but in reality any one person suffering from what ever social issue finds it to be important to them and deserves to be helped and not based on whether their problems is viewed as least important but because of the fact that it is just a humane thing to do.

Social Worker in Fargo:
"It went well."
Pros: I get to work with people and their families. I work at my own pace and plan out my days.
Cons: Commuting and pay.

Social Worker in Toms River:
"Stressfull but rewarding."
Pros: Advocating for Family achievements.
Cons: No sufficient pay and less hours of pay.

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Key Stats for Social Worker

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 738 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

▲25%

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$44,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Social Worker Salaries

▲18%

▲14%

▲13%


▲7%


Clinical Supervision
▲4%

▲3%

▲3%


National Average
$44,000





Training
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 738 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 16%