Average Entry-Level Social Worker Salary

$39,349
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$990
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Social Worker is $39,349.
10%
$29k
10%
$39k
50%
$51k
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MEDIAN $39,349
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Salary
$29k - $51k
Bonus
$125 - $4k
Total Pay
$27k - $52k

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Job Description for Social Worker

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

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Social Worker. Thickness and color of lines indicates how common a path is.
Social Worker
Medical Social Worker
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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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.
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).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 10,619 survey responses.
Early Career
46.4%
Mid Career
22.6%
Experienced
20.7%
Late Career
10.3%