Social Worker Salary

Social Worker Salary

A social worker salary will vary depending on the industry the social worker is employed in, their location, years of experience and education.  There are many different industries in which social workers might find employment opportunities. Some high employment industries for social workers are the local, state and federal government, family services and hospitals.

Top Paying States for Social Workers

Are you committed to empowering and helping others improve their lives – but still want to earn a decent salary? Social Workers salaries can vary from state to state. Find out which states have the highest salaries and employment numbers.

The top paying states for social workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics are:

While there is an abundance of online social work degree programs, state licensure requirements are also an important consideration when choosing between a campus or online program1. A career in social work can be a rewarding and engaging field.

The top employment states for social workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics are:

There are numerous roles, jobs, and responsibilities within the field of social work, all of which entail varying salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in the field of social work earned a median annual salary of $47,980 per year in 2017. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,560, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $79,740.2.

Average Salaries For Selected Careers in Social Work

Health Care Social Workers

Healthcare social workers may be employed by hospitals, ambulatory healthcare services, nursing and residential care facilities, and medical clinics.

Top Salary Metro Areas in the United States: Healthcare Social Workers
Metro AreaAnnual Mean SalaryEmployment
Yuba City, CA$79,83030
Salinas, CA$78,860160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$78,750810
Bakersfield, CA$78,500200
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT$77,300520

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Child Family and School Social Workers

Child family and school social workers might be employed by educational systems, state, federal or local government agencies, healthcare systems, or other social service organizations.

Top Salary Metro Areas in the United States: Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Metro AreaAnnual Mean SalaryEmployment
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT$77,6801,990
Corvallis, OR$71,960Not Reported
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT$70,6801,200
Waterbury, CT$67,910420
Salinas, CA$67,830Not Reported

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Mental health and substance abuse social workers might be employed by hospitals, ambulatory care services, social assistance organizations, or nursing and residential care facilities.

Top Salary Metro Areas in the United States: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Metro AreaAnnual Mean SalaryEmployment
Napa, CA$82,260Not Reported
Urban Honolulu, HI$80,510350
Madera, CA$78,78040
Trenton, NJ$75,260270
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA$75,230110

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Social Worker (All Other Occupations)

Top Salary Metro Areas in the United States: Social Workers, All Other
Metro AreaAnnual Mean SalaryEmployment
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$89,150Not Reported
Springfield, MA-CT$88,01060
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX$84,900230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA$82,9001,190
Santa Rosa, CA$82,830250

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Social Worker Salary by Top Industry

Salaries in the field vary according to different specializations and work environments among various social work jobs. The chart below for specific salary information reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 20173:

*Salary figures are based on a national mean and may vary by location. Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

Social Worker Average Annual Wage By Top Industries

Specialization2017 Average Annual Wage
Hospitals; state, local, and private$58,490
Local government, excluding education and hospitals$52,900
Ambulatory healthcare services$48,340
State government, excluding education and hospitals$46,120
Individual and family services$40,800

If you are interested in pursuing a job that will help individuals and families improve their lives, a master’s in social work might be a perfect fit for you.


Resources:

1. bls.gov/oes/current/oes211029.htm | 2.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-5 | 3.https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm#tab-5 | 4.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211021.htm | 5. bls.gov/oes/current/oes211022.htm | 6. bls.gov/oes/current/oes211023.htm

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