These Are The 10 States With The Highest Social Worker Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay social workers the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do social workers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for social workers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for social workers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for social workers after this adjustment? That would be Healthcare Social Workers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Nevada
  2. Texas
  3. Michigan
  4. Utah
  5. Idaho
  6. Wyoming
  7. Washington
  8. Tennessee
  9. Illinois
  10. Oregon

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for social workers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $71080, so our index value would be:

$71,080 * (100 / 135.9) = $52,303

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for social workers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Social Worker Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $68,751 $71,020 103.3
2 Texas $63,891 $57,950 90.7
3 Michigan $62,089 $55,260 89.0
4 Utah $61,623 $57,310 93.0
5 Idaho $60,738 $55,940 92.1
6 Wyoming $60,729 $55,750 91.8
7 Washington $59,429 $62,520 105.2
8 Tennessee $59,205 $52,930 89.4
9 Illinois $58,213 $55,070 94.6
10 Oregon $57,301 $66,240 115.6
11 Minnesota $56,934 $57,390 100.8
12 Ohio $56,641 $53,130 93.8
13 Georgia $55,273 $50,520 91.4
14 North Carolina $55,175 $51,810 93.9
15 Kansas $54,471 $48,970 89.9
16 Mississippi $54,237 $46,590 85.9
17 South Carolina $54,183 $53,750 99.2
18 New Mexico $53,979 $52,090 96.5
19 Kentucky $53,734 $48,630 90.5
20 Indiana $53,720 $48,080 89.5
21 Virginia $53,670 $54,100 100.8
22 Connecticut $52,599 $67,170 127.7
23 Florida $52,533 $51,640 98.3
24 Wisconsin $52,458 $50,780 96.8
25 Delaware $52,366 $53,100 101.4
26 California $52,303 $71,080 135.9
27 Louisiana $52,299 $49,580 94.8
28 New Hampshire $52,119 $60,980 117.0
29 West Virginia $51,916 $48,490 93.4
30 Alabama $51,666 $47,120 91.2
31 Missouri $51,581 $46,630 90.4
32 Colorado $51,175 $53,120 103.8
33 Oklahoma $51,154 $45,630 89.2
34 New Jersey $50,951 $62,110 121.9
35 North Dakota $50,623 $50,320 99.4
36 Iowa $50,197 $45,680 91.0
37 Arkansas $49,816 $43,390 87.1
38 Pennsylvania $49,467 $50,160 101.4
39 Nebraska $49,170 $45,040 91.6
40 Arizona $48,714 $47,740 98.0
41 Alaska $47,818 $62,690 131.1
42 Vermont $46,284 $56,050 121.1
43 Montana $46,160 $46,530 100.8
44 New York $45,847 $60,060 131.0
45 Maryland $45,737 $57,400 125.5
46 Maine $45,586 $50,510 110.8
47 Rhode Island $43,628 $52,660 120.7
48 Massachusetts $40,742 $54,350 133.4
49 South Dakota $40,154 $41,640 103.7
50 Hawaii $35,253 $59,190 167.9

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