$44,647
Avg. Salary
$20.32
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,024

Profit Sharing

$350

Commission

$617

The average pay for a Social Worker is $20.32 per hour.

The average pay for a Social Worker is $44,647 per year.

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$0$65K
Salary $30,923 - $64,671
Bonus $199 - $5,005
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,128
Commission $617
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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$30,291 - $65,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 7,410
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.48 - $31.16
Hourly Tips $0.64
Overtime $14.60 - $45.25
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $199 - $5,005
Commission $617
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,128
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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$30,291 - $65,018
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,579

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

  • 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

Social Worker Pay By Employer

$0$92K

DaVita Inc.
26 profiles
$55,135

$37,365

$22,498

$43,606

$68,437

$65,694

$46,875

$52,247

$37,060

DSS
11 profiles
$38,000

Common Career Paths for Social Worker


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Social Worker Job Listings

Popular Skills for Social Worker

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: $44,116

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

Social Worker Advice

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

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.

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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 1324 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%

▲15%

▲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 1324 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: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 18%