$46,004
Avg. Salary

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$994

Profit Sharing

$300

Commission

$600

Social Workers with Counseling skills can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Job satisfaction for Social Workers with Counseling skills is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Social Workers with Counseling skills are female. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,583 - $65,483
$33K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,004
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50%
90%

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$14.59 - $32.99
$15
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$0$66K
Salary $32,583 - $65,483
Bonus $5.30 - $5,008
Profit Sharing $300
Commission $600
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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$31,868 - $66,526
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 23 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,470
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $14.59 - $32.99
Hourly Tips $0.98
Overtime $9.23 - $45.73
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $5.30 - $5,008
Commission $600
Profit Sharing $300
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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$31,868 - $66,526
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 23 Jul 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 929

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

Popular Employer Salaries for Social Worker


Many Social Workers with Counseling skills can be found at DaVita Inc., Department of Veteran's Affairs, Catholic Charities, The Veterans Administration (United States), and University of Rochester Medical Center, firms that are at the top of the field. Department of Veteran's Affairs attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $69K. Also paying near the top of the field are University of Rochester Medical Center at $60K, DaVita Inc. at $58K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Social Workers with Counseling skills annually earn $53K.

Catholic Charities, The Veterans Administration (United States) and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $36K, $52K, and $53K.

Social Worker Job Listings

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 $42,000 based on 1,052 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 $48,000 based on 495 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 405 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 $58,000 based on 206 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,049

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

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Social Workers with Counseling skills, 32 percent higher than the national average. Social Workers with Counseling skills will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+23 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (11 percent less) and Philadelphia (9 percent less).

Key Stats for Social Worker

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 511 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

▲26%

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 511 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 17%