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

Social Worker Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$55,000
$43,000
$55,000
$69,000
Did you know that the average social worker makes $55,161 per year? That's valued at $26.52 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $43,000 and $69,000, meaning social workers have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most social workers find a job with health care and non profits companies, while others work for professional, health care, and non profits companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Nevada, Alaska and Oregon are the top states in the U.S. to pay social workers the highest salaries.
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Where Social Workers Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do Social Workers Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Nevada, Alaska and Oregon, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for social workers. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Florida, South Dakota, and Illinois.
Location
City
Average Salary
Las Vegas, NV
Salary Range57k - 90k$72k$72,492
San Francisco, CA
Salary Range53k - 83k$67k$66,931
Urban Honolulu, HI
Salary Range54k - 76k$65k$64,616
Phoenix, AZ
Salary Range49k - 77k$62k$62,145
Seattle, WA
Salary Range52k - 70k$61k$60,719

Salt Lake City, UT

Salary Range50k - 71k$60k$59,684
Washington, DC
Salary Range43k - 78k$58k$58,366
Albuquerque, NM
Salary Range46k - 71k$58k$57,697
New Orleans, LA
Salary Range43k - 74k$57k$56,944
New York, NY
Salary Range41k - 73k$55k$55,371
$36k
$90k

High Paying Social Worker Jobs

Which Companies Pay Social Workers The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as a social worker, being employed by a company such as Barnes Hospital or Fresenius Medical Care North America Holdings Limited Partnership would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Compassus and Hospice of Northwest Ohio also report highly competitive salaries for social workers.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Barnes Hospital
Salary Range63k - 77k$70k$70,097
Compassus
Salary Range65k - 73k$70k$69,811
Hospice of Northwest Ohio
Salary Range64k - 73k$69k$69,104
VITAS Healthcare
Salary Range65k - 72k$69k$69,025
Hospice of Michigan
Salary Range63k - 73k$68k$68,456
Hospice Buffalo
Salary Range63k - 73k$68k$68,359
Kindred at Home
Salary Range62k - 70k$66k$66,429
Evolent Health
Salary Range61k - 71k$66k$66,125
New Beacon Hospice
Salary Range60k - 70k$66k$65,501
$54k
$77k

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How would you rate the starting salaries for graduates in this field, as well as the salary prospects down the line as they advance in their careers?

Sarah Christa Butts MSW

Director of Public Policy, National Association of Social Workers

Social workers are required to have a high level of education. Usually, a Master's degree and starting salaries are often far too low. Still, social workers can increase their wages over time, and there are many opportunities and positions available. Increasing reimbursement and compensation for social workers and reducing student loan debt are advocacy priorities for NASW.

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Social Worker Salary History

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    How Much Do Social Workers Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, social worker salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that professional, health care, and non profits companies tend to offer much higher salaries for social workers. For example, social workers make a whopping average salary of $58,839 while working for professional companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $55,819 at health care companies and $50,535 at non profits companies. But social workers may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $49,221.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Professional

    Salary Range52k - 65k$59k$58,839

    Health Care

    Salary Range50k - 62k$56k$55,819

    Non Profits

    Salary Range47k - 53k$51k$50,535

    Government

    Salary Range43k - 56k$49k$49,221
    $43k
    $65k

    How Experience Affects Social Worker Salaries

    The salary for a 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 Social Worker Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    Social Worker 2
    Social Worker 2
    Social Worker 2
    Huntingdon, PA
    Huntingdon, PA
    01/30/2021
    01/30/2021
    $51,560
    $51,560
    01/30/2021
    Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
    Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
    Social Worker (Child & Family Services)
    Social Worker (Child & Family Services)
    Social Worker (Child & Family Services)
    Mayetta, KS
    Mayetta, KS
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $31,451
    $31,451
    01/29/2021
    Social Worker for Wellness Center Coordinator
    Social Worker for Wellness Center Coordinator
    Moorpark, CA
    Moorpark, CA
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $112,531
    $112,531
    01/29/2021
    Rove Staffing
    Rove Staffing
    Per Diem Social Worker (MSW)
    Per Diem Social Worker (MSW)
    Per Diem Social Worker (MSW)
    Bellaire, TX
    Bellaire, TX
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $83,480
    $83,480
    01/29/2021
    Social Worker (SW)
    Social Worker (SW)
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    01/29/2021
    01/29/2021
    $83,480
    $83,480
    01/29/2021
    Social Worker, Medium Term Substitute
    Social Worker, Medium Term Substitute
    Shakopee, MN
    Shakopee, MN
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $61,556
    $61,556
    01/28/2021
    Barrier Free Living
    Barrier Free Living
    Social Worker, Lmsw/Bilingual-Freedom House
    Social Worker, Lmsw/Bilingual-Freedom House
    Social Worker, Lmsw/Bilingual-Freedom House
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $61,984
    $61,984
    01/28/2021
    County of Cabarrus Nc
    County of Cabarrus Nc
    Social Work Invest/Assess & Treatment
    Social Work Invest/Assess & Treatment
    Social Work Invest/Assess & Treatment
    Concord, NC
    Concord, NC
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $47,403
    $47,403
    01/28/2021
    State of North Dakota
    State of North Dakota
    Social Worker
    Social Worker
    Social Worker
    Grand Forks, ND
    Grand Forks, ND
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $46,356
    $46,356
    01/28/2021
    University of California
    University of California
    Campus Social Worker, Graduate and Family Housing
    Campus Social Worker, Graduate and Family Housing
    Campus Social Worker, Graduate and Family Housing
    Irvine, CA
    Irvine, CA
    01/28/2021
    01/28/2021
    $81,996
    $81,996
    01/28/2021