$45,858
Avg. Salary
$23.63
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,468

Bonus

$2,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Social Worker (MSW) is $23.63 per hour.

The average pay for a Social Worker (MSW) is $45,858 per year.

$16.99
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$23.63
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$32.31
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MEDIAN $23.63
$34k
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$46k
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$62k
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MEDIAN $45,858
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MEDIAN: $45,858
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$0$64K
Salary $34,243 - $62,414
Bonus $201 - $5,918
Profit Sharing $309 - $5,054
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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$34,509 - $64,393
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,756
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $16.99 - $32.31
Hourly Tips $0.25
Overtime $10.07 - $50.67
Annual Data $0$64K
Bonus $201 - $5,918
Profit Sharing $309 - $5,054
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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$34,509 - $64,393
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 858

Job Description for Social Worker (MSW)

Although social work includes a wide range of specialties, social workers are generally tasked with helping people cope with problems in their daily lives. This includes offering support and services to children and families in need, as well as the academic needs of children in schools. They may also assist patients in health care settings, explain treatments, and set up at-home care.

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Social Worker (MSW) 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 (MSW) Pay By Employer

$0$94K

DaVita Inc.
18 profiles
$54,947

$48,261

$45,505

$50,369

$45,000

Fresinius
3 profiles
$57,000

Common Career Paths for Social Worker (MSW)


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It's not very common for MSW Social Workers to move on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors. Average pay for a Non-Profit Executive Director is $60K annually. Career advancement for the typical MSW Social Worker often leads to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Medical Social Worker; median salaries in these positions are $6K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

Social Worker (MSW) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)


MSW Social Workers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Dialysis, Acute Care, Hospice, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Training. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Patient Education and Geriatrics.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker (MSW)

Pay by Experience for a Social Worker (MSW) has a positive trend. An entry-level Social Worker (MSW) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 1,006 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Social Worker (MSW) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 307 salaries. An experienced Social Worker (MSW) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 258 salaries. A Social Worker (MSW) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 129 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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-4%

-13%

National Average: $46,951

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

For MSW Social Workers, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. MSW Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+29 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+6 percent). MSW Social Workers in Buffalo report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers in Chicago and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Social Worker (MSW) Reviews

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

Social Worker (MSW) in Clarksville:
Pros: Helping others work on their substance abuse problems.
Cons: Stress.

Social Worker (MSW) in Alexandria:
"Always take time to take care of yourself."
Can be high burn out dealing with children's lives being put at risk but, at the same time it is rewarding to work with families and children.

Social Worker (MSW) in Orange:
"It is an honor and a privilege."
Pros: Patient interaction and flexibility of job.
Cons: Wages.

Social Worker (MSW) in Sandusky:
"It's a very rewarding career."
Pros: The wide array of positions a social worker has to choose from.
Cons: Being under valued in the health care field in comparison to a nurse. Also tge stereotype that social workers all work for tge government and will somehow interfere with your life unwillingly! Very high burn out rate!

Social Worker (MSW) in Los Angeles:
"Business to MSW."
Pros: Autonomy, working from home, field-based mental health, helping homeless veterans, providing context for others growth, assisting them in their growth.
Cons: Poor hygiene of clients, exposure to bugs and viruses, importance of productivity rates and clinical notes, clients ambivalence and lack of insight, lack of resources, lack of support from headquarters.

Social Worker (MSW) in Seattle:
"How to advocate for a better salary."
Research your position.

Social Worker (MSW) in Rochester:
"Thankless job."
Pros: Rewarding and able to use judgement.
Cons: Unappreciated at times.

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Key Stats for Social Worker (MSW)

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 276 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

▲28%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$47,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Social Worker (MSW) Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 276 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 20%