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Social Worker Salary

Social Worker Salary By Percentile
Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.83 $18.95 $26.23 $33.27 $38.62
Annual Wage $30,800 $39,400 $54,600 $69,200 $80,300

How much does a social worker make? Social workers are professionals who assist clients with the daily problems they are facing. There are several different types of social workers, all with various duties and responsibilities. Depending on their specialization, social workers help people in a variety of situations such as those who are adopting a child, families who are applying for government benefits, and couples who are going through a divorce. The minimum amount of education required to become a social worker is a bachelor's degree in social work. However, those wanting to pursue a career in clinical social work must obtain a master's degree and then complete two more years of clinical experience. In order to work in the field, social workers must become state licensed in the state where they plan to work.

Salary

In 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary was $44,200 for social workers. Those earning in the top 10 percent made $72,980 or more,and social workers earning in the lowest 10 percent made $27,450 or more.

Factors Impacting Salary

The type of work a social worker does can affect his or her salary. According to the BLS, in 2012, those employed as healthcare social workers made more than those employed as child, family, and school social workers or those who worked for mental health facilities. The highest salaries in the field were made by the Federal Executive Branch of the government and insurance carriers.

Geographical Location and Salary

The states where social workers command the highest salaries are Rhode Island, Idaho, South Dakota, Maryland, and Nevada. The metropolitan areas in the United States with the highest paid social workers include Oakland, CA and Camden, NJ.

Work Environment and Schedule

Social workers are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, child welfare agencies, government agencies, and private practice. Most social workers are employed on a full time basis in an office setting, and many work a normal business schedule. Others in the field might travel to different locations visiting clients in schools or homes and could be expected to work evening hours and on the weekends to meet the needs of clients.`

Job Outlook

Future job prospects for social workers are very good. Overall, the field is expected to expand by 19 percent from the years of 2012 and 2022, but will vary based on specializations. Child, family and school social worker jobs are expected to grow by 15 percent, healthcare social worker jobs are projected to increase by 27 percent, and those social workers employed in the area of mental health will see a 23 percent job increase in their specific area.


Top Paying Industries

Industry Employment % of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 12,390 0.62 $34.15 $71,030
Insurance Carriers 730 0.06 $32.67 $67,950
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $30.13 $62,680
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 3,660 0.07 $30.00 $62,400
Local Government (OES Designation) 18,330 0.33 $28.27 $58,800

Salary By State

State 10% 25% Median 75% 90% Jobs (2010) Jobs (2020) Outlook
Alabama $22,400 $29,400 $63,100 $68,900 $75,700 940 1,210 +29%
Alaska $41,100 $43,900 $53,800 $67,300 $82,700 380 480 +25%
Arizona $26,400 $37,100 $52,600 $64,800 $74,600 550 580 +7%
Arkansas $28,200 $30,000 $34,200 $59,300 $71,800 700 760 +9%
California $36,000 $48,500 $62,700 $76,900 $89,500 13,000 14,700 +13%
Colorado $27,700 $33,800 $45,100 $63,600 $73,900 1,360 1,630 +20%
Connecticut $31,300 $34,800 $42,700 $65,400 $84,100 340 380 +13%
Delaware $42,400 $44,600 $61,900 $73,400 $79,600 120 120 +5%
District of Columbia $35,500 $48,900 $64,500 $77,400 $89,800 630 730 +15%
Florida $29,900 $38,400 $55,200 $70,900 $80,100 2,390 2,720 +14%
Georgia $29,100 $34,100 $43,700 $65,300 $74,600 530 550 +3%
Hawaii $28,900 $41,200 $61,700 $74,500 $83,300 330 340 +4%
Idaho $47,400 $62,100 $67,000 $74,800 $80,300 130 150 +11%
Illinois $23,900 $35,600 $52,400 $67,600 $75,700 5,150 5,110 -1%
Iowa $32,300 $44,200 $59,000 $67,300 $74,600 480 540 +13%
Kansas $38,400 $38,400 $43,300 $61,200 $71,100 640 660 +3%
Kentucky $37,100 $49,900 $63,100 $71,100 $76,500 520 530 +2%
Louisiana $32,100 $41,400 $53,400 $65,000 $73,400 870 920 +7%
Maine $34,200 $40,000 $47,500 $62,700 $73,400 360 370 +4%
Maryland $42,400 $56,000 $70,700 $82,600 $92,400 1,040 1,230 +19%
Massachusetts $26,300 $35,700 $55,100 $75,300 $85,200 1,110 1,320 +19%
Michigan $28,400 $35,300 $46,000 $61,200 $71,900 2,200 2,510 +14%
Minnesota $47,700 $60,800 $67,400 $74,300 $82,000 400 430 +6%
Mississippi - - - - - 150 170 +12%
Missouri $30,800 $33,900 $41,000 $63,100 $73,400 1,190 1,210 +2%
Montana $28,900 $29,400 $34,300 $42,600 $61,200 610 670 +10%
Nebraska $29,200 $37,400 $48,300 $63,100 $74,600 290 330 +15%
Nevada $41,300 $57,400 $70,200 $75,700 $80,300 200 210 +2%
New Hampshire $33,100 $42,300 $64,800 $75,200 $82,800 160 190 +20%
New Jersey $35,800 $47,700 $60,700 $71,200 $84,100 760 830 +8%
New Mexico $33,600 $38,500 $46,100 $54,500 $66,600 730 800 +9%
New York $38,900 $46,300 $56,600 $68,600 $76,700 11,300 11,720 +4%
North Carolina $27,500 $29,800 $35,900 $59,200 $70,900 1,560 1,680 +8%
North Dakota $26,000 $47,500 $59,300 $68,800 $74,600 70 70 -2%
Ohio $26,900 $33,900 $43,600 $56,900 $69,600 3,660 4,050 +11%
Oklahoma $26,500 $31,400 $38,000 $61,200 $74,800 940 1,090 +16%
Oregon $26,900 $34,200 $44,800 $51,300 $64,600 1,830 2,090 0%
Pennsylvania $35,200 $51,200 $64,600 $74,600 $84,100 880 890 +2%
Rhode Island $49,900 $62,800 $69,000 $77,700 $90,300 160 160 +6%
South Carolina $31,600 $34,500 $40,300 $57,100 $70,800 670 720 +8%
South Dakota $47,600 $59,300 $67,000 $75,700 $84,800 - - -
Tennessee $29,400 $38,300 $52,100 $65,100 $75,700 870 950 +9%
Texas $25,500 $34,500 $57,400 $72,700 $80,300 2,960 3,570 +21%
Utah $34,700 $34,700 $38,700 $55,000 $72,700 500 570 +12%
Vermont $48,200 $52,800 $62,800 $71,100 $82,600 50 50 -2%
Virginia $30,200 $39,900 $63,100 $74,600 $82,400 660 700 +7%
Washington $27,100 $33,900 $48,100 $67,400 $79,600 1,630 1,980 +21%
West Virginia $30,600 $42,200 $65,100 $74,600 $82,400 190 210 +6%
Wisconsin $33,700 $44,600 $55,600 $65,300 $75,300 - - -
Wyoming $40,400 $46,300 $46,600 $58,500 $72,700 200 240 +17%


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