How much does a Social Worker make in the United States?

11.3k salaries reported, updated at September 17, 2021
per year

The average salary for a social worker is $57,787 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • 403(b)
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for social workers

Most recommended skill

Early Intervention

The jobs requiring this skill have decrease by 29.55% since 2018. Social Workers with this skill earn +81.23% more than the average base salary, which is $57,787 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20126increase by 6
2013102increase by 1600.00%
201423decrease by 77.45%
201523decrease by 0.00%
201652increase by 126.09%
201734decrease by 34.62%
201844increase by 29.41%
201931decrease by 29.55%

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

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Licensed Psychologist Credentials
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Most common benefits for Social Workers

  • 403(b)
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Loan forgiveness
  • Health insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Credit union membership
  • Flexible spending account
  • AD&D insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Paid time off
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50% of Social workers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area

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What type of social worker gets paid the most?

The types of social workers that are paid the most include :

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Healthcare Social Worker
  • School and Career Counselor
  • Social Work Teacher
  • Social and Community Service Manager
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Do social workers make good money?

Social worker salaries vary between states. Some factors that determine how much a social worker makes include the level of experience, education, employer, location, speciality and work setting.

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