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Social worker salary in United States

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

Average base salary

$56,170
Average $56,170
Low $37,574
High $83,969
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a social worker is $56,170 per year in the United States. 11.8k salaries reported, updated at September 14, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Social Workers in United States

  1. Kaiser Permanente
    4.1star
    12,271 reviews121 salaries reported
    $89,018per year
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Highest paying cities for Social Workers near United States

  1. Washington, DC
    $67,348 per year
    86 salaries reported
  2. Detroit, MI
    $63,582 per year
    63 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $62,566 per year
    49 salaries reported
  1. New York, NY
    $60,582 per year
    424 salaries reported
  2. Brooklyn, NY
    $60,032 per year
    335 salaries reported
  3. Bronx, NY
    $58,508 per year
    283 salaries reported
  1. Chicago, IL
    $55,982 per year
    129 salaries reported
  2. Philadelphia, PA
    $54,246 per year
    53 salaries reported
  3. St. Louis, MO
    $50,050 per year
    31 salaries reported
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Where can a Social Worker earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Social Workers

Most recommended skill

Early Intervention(earn +81.23% more)

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 $56,170 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%

Top companies hiring Social Workers with the recommended skill

O.W.L. Academy Early Intervention Program
Liberty Resources, Inc.
Sunny Days
Riverside Community Care
Chicago Public Schools
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Top specialties
Pathology
+86.16%salary
Top certifications
Certified School Psychologist
+69.79%salary
Top licenses
LCSW-R
+97.29%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top SpecialtiesSalaryJob openingsCompanies
6 jobs7
10 jobs34
66 jobs396
594 jobs1,476
570 jobs1,423
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Most common benefits for Social Workers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • 403(b)
  • 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
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Salary satisfaction

Based 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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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Mental Health Technician

26,435 job openings

Average $72,492 per year

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

20,233 job openings

Average $73,196 per year

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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
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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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