The average salary for an Entry-Level Social Worker is $39,349.
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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…Read more
Social Worker Tasks
- 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
- Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues
- Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient
- Facilitate education, support groups and referrals
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Popular Skills for Social Worker
Skills in Case Management, Counseling, Group Therapy and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Child Advocacy.
Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker
An early career Social Worker with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,990 based on 4,927 salaries. A mid-career Social Worker with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,180 based on 2,402 salaries. An experienced Social Worker with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,683 based on 2,197 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $57,321.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Social Worker in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 26.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (14.3% more) and New York, New York (12.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (10.2% less) and Chicago, Illinois (10.0% less).
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