Average Social Worker (MSW) Salary

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The average salary for a Social Worker (MSW) is $46,309.
MEDIAN $46,309
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$35k - $63k
$203 - $6k
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$475 - $4k
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$35k - $65k

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Job Description for Social Worker (MSW)

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
The top respondents for the job title Social Worker (MSW) are from the companies DaVita Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care. Reported salaries are highest at DaVita Inc. where the average pay is $57,780. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Fresenius Medical Care and Fresinius, earning around $57,190 and $57,000, respectively. Catholic Charities pays the lowest at around $35,188. Fresenius Medical Care North America and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $47,764 and $48,172, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Social Worker (MSW). Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Social Worker (MSW)
Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Medical Social Worker
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Social Worker (MSW)

Skills in Case Management, Patient Education and Community Health are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Group Therapy and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Social Worker (MSW)

An entry-level Social Worker (MSW) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $42,253 based on 213 salaries. An early career Social Worker (MSW) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,541 based on 1,281 salaries. A mid-career Social Worker (MSW) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $48,609 based on 429 salaries. An experienced Social Worker (MSW) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,223 based on 360 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,667.
Employees with Social Worker (MSW) in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 10.6% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (8.2% more) and Houston, Texas (5.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cleveland, Ohio (12.8% less), Chicago, Illinois (6.4% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (4.7% less).

Years of Experience

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