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

10.4k salaries reported, updated at July 20, 2021
$58,824
per year

The average salary for a social worker is $58,824 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 certification

Certified School Psychologist

The jobs requiring this certification have increase by 165.06% since 2018. Social Workers with this certification earn +69.79% more than the average base salary, which is $58,824 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this certificationChange from previous year
20123increase by 3
201316increase by 433.33%
201416decrease by 0.00%
201527increase by 68.75%
201639increase by 44.44%
201723decrease by 41.03%
201883increase by 260.87%
2019220increase by 165.06%

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Information tooltip for top specialties.Top specialtiesPathology+86.16%salary
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Pathology
+86.16%
6 jobs
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Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
+69.79%
10 jobs
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Dialysis
+28.23%
66 jobs
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Psychiatry
+11.99%
594 jobs
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Home Health
+17.61%
570 jobs
1,423Company icon
Information tooltip for top certifications.Top certificationsCertified School Psychologist+69.79%salary
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Certified School Psychologist
+69.79%
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EMDR Certification
+64.98%
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Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
+46.74%
14Company icon
Information tooltip for top licenses.Top licensesLCSW-R+97.29%salary
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LCSW-R
+97.29%
13 jobs
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Licensed Psychologist Credentials
+61.74%
63 jobs
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Licensed Clinical Social Worker
+16.11%
458 jobs
1,066Company icon
LICSW
+22.38%
226 jobs
619Company icon
LCPC
+25.29%
46 jobs
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Information tooltip for top skills.Top skillsEarly Intervention+81.23%salary
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Early Intervention
+81.23%
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Psychotherapy
+18.62%
56Company icon
Home Care
+33.89%
352Company icon
Supervising Experience
+17.23%
154Company icon
Information tooltip for top fields of study.Top fields of studySocial Work Degree+6.20%salary
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Social Work Degree
+6.20%
2,347 jobs
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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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