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How Much Does a Licensed Social Worker Earn In The United States?

Licensed Social Worker Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
$43,000
$55,000
$72,000
Licensed social workers in the United States make an average salary of $55,840 per year or $26.85 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $43,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $72,000. As most things go, location can be critical. California, Alaska, Connecticut, Nevada, and New Hampshire provide the highest licensed social worker salaries.
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Where Licensed Social Workers Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where licensed social workers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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How Much Do Licensed Social Workers Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to California, Alaska and Connecticut, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for licensed social workers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are North Carolina, Georgia, and Indiana.
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1. Sacramento, CA
$80,004
Avg. Salary
$34k
$97k
2. Eugene, OR
$63,605
Avg. Salary
$34k
$97k
3. Washington, DC
$63,543
Avg. Salary
$34k
$97k
4. Queensbury, NY
$63,084
Avg. Salary
$34k
$97k
5. Seattle, WA
$62,488
Avg. Salary
$34k
$97k
6. New Orleans, LA
$56,109
Avg. Salary
$34k
$97k

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Which Companies Pay Licensed Social Workers The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like New York State Insurance Fund and Baltimore City Hall as they offer the highest salaries for licensed social workers.
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    How Much Do Licensed Social Workers Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a licensed social worker can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for licensed social workers tend to be found in technology, non profits, and government companies. In fact, licensed social workers can make a yearly salary of $49,126 while working for technology companies.
    1. Technology
    $49,126
    Avg. Salary
    $27k
    $56k
    2. Non Profits
    $45,330
    Avg. Salary
    $27k
    $56k
    3. Government
    $42,604
    Avg. Salary
    $27k
    $56k
    4. Health Care
    $37,258
    Avg. Salary
    $27k
    $56k

    How Experience Affects Licensed Social Worker Salaries

    The salary for a licensed social worker can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Licensed Social Worker Salaries

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    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Licensed Social Worker-Medica
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    Hopkins, MN
    Hopkins, MN
    01/26/2021
    01/26/2021
    $48,600
    $48,600
    01/26/2021
    Senior Services Therapist-Lcsw or Licensed Psychologist
    Senior Services Therapist-Lcsw or Licensed Psychologist
    Lakewood, CO
    Lakewood, CO
    01/25/2021
    01/25/2021
    $48,200
    $48,200
    01/25/2021
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Licensed Social Worker/Counselor
    Licensed Social Worker/Counselor
    Licensed Social Worker/Counselor
    Washington, PA
    Washington, PA
    01/14/2021
    01/14/2021
    $39,449
    $39,449
    01/14/2021
    New York State Civil Service
    New York State Civil Service
    Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (Chinese Language), South Beach Psychiatric Center, P21023
    Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (Chinese Language), South Beach Psychiatric Center, P21023
    Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (Chinese Language), South Beach Psychiatric Center, P21023
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    01/13/2021
    01/13/2021
    $62,726
    $62,726
    01/13/2021
    Senior Services Therapist-Lcsw or Licensed Psychologist
    Senior Services Therapist-Lcsw or Licensed Psychologist
    Wheat Ridge, CO
    Wheat Ridge, CO
    12/29/2020
    12/29/2020
    $48,200
    $48,200
    12/29/2020
    Clinical Program Therapist 3-Licensed Social Worker
    Clinical Program Therapist 3-Licensed Social Worker
    Alexandria, MN
    Alexandria, MN
    12/24/2020
    12/24/2020
    $55,520
    $55,520
    12/24/2020
    New York State Civil Service
    New York State Civil Service
    Licensed Master Social Worker 1-EOA
    Licensed Master Social Worker 1-EOA
    Licensed Master Social Worker 1-EOA
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    12/17/2020
    12/17/2020
    $56,604
    $56,604
    12/17/2020
    Brentwood Place Four
    Brentwood Place Four
    Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
    Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
    Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
    Dallas, TX
    Dallas, TX
    11/20/2020
    11/20/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    11/20/2020
    New York State Civil Service
    New York State Civil Service
    Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (Spanish Language), Washington Heights Psychiatric Center, P20464
    Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (Spanish Language), Washington Heights Psychiatric Center, P20464
    Licensed Master Social Worker 2 (Spanish Language), Washington Heights Psychiatric Center, P20464
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    11/13/2020
    11/13/2020
    $62,726
    $62,726
    11/13/2020
    Licensed Social Worker-Medica
    Licensed Social Worker-Medica
    Golden Valley, MN
    Golden Valley, MN
    11/04/2020
    11/04/2020
    $48,600
    $48,600
    11/04/2020