Social worker salary in United States
How much does a Social Worker make in the United States?
Average base salary
The average salary for a social worker is $63,900 per year in the United States. 24.8k salaries reported, updated at November 27, 2023
Salaries by years of experience in the United States
|Years of experience||Per year|
|Less than 1 year|
|1 to 2 years|
|3 to 5 years|
|6 to 9 years|
|More than 10 years|
Top companies for Social Workers in United States
Highest paying cities for Social Workers near United States
Where can a Social Worker earn more?Compare salaries for Social Workers in different locations
Best-paid skills and qualifications for Social Workers
LCSW-R(earn +97.29% more)
The jobs requiring this license have decrease by 6.49% since 2018. Social Workers with this license earn +97.29% more than the average base salary, which is $63,900 per year.
|Year||Number of job openings on Indeed requiring this license||Change from previous year|
|2012||95||increase by 95|
|2013||299||increase by 214.74%|
|2014||342||increase by 14.38%|
|2015||297||decrease by 13.16%|
|2016||495||increase by 66.67%|
|2017||373||decrease by 24.65%|
|2018||478||increase by 28.15%|
|2019||447||decrease by 6.49%|
More critical skills and qualifications that pay well
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Most common benefits for Social Workers
- 401(k) matching
- 403(b) matching
- AD&D insurance
- Adoption assistance
- Continuing education credits
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Employee discount
- Employee stock purchase plan
- Flexible schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Loan forgiveness
- Loan repayment program
- Mileage reimbursement
- Opportunities for advancement
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Professional development assistance
- Referral program
- Relocation assistance
- Retirement plan
- Travel reimbursement
- Tuition reimbursement
- Vision insurance
Salary satisfactionBased on 6,723 ratings
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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Common questions about salaries for a Social Worker
How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a social worker?
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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
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.