How Much Do Social Workers Make?

social worker salaryA social worker helps and provides support to individuals, groups, or families, who are facing problems in their lives. Their work environment varies from working in an office, in a hospital, in a school, in a government agency, or their very own clinic. A large chunk of their work also takes them out of the office and into the field to assess and provide support to individuals or groups in their actual setting.

One type of social worker is the Clinical social worker, who diagnoses, tests, and provides treatment plans for individuals who have mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.

Social Worker Salary

How much do social workers make? The average social worker salary is $49,470 or an equivalent of $23.79 per hour.

Social Worker job descriptionBecause there are several fields and different training for this occupation, such as child and family social workers, and healthcare social workers, the average salaries differ.

For those who work in healthcare the salary is $56,200, while those who work as child and family social workers earn an average salary of $46,270, and those who work in the field of mental health and substance abuse earn an annual average of $44,840.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
0.38
$34.06
$70,850
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.18
$33.15
$68,950
Idaho Flag
Idaho
0.71
$32.92
$68,470
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
0.16
$32.54
$67,690
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.44
$32.38
$67,350

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Federal Executive Branch
0.66
$34.62
$72,020
Insurance Carriers
0.06
$32.82
$68,270
Medical and Surgical Hospitals
0.07
$31.24
$64,970
Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$30.63
$63,710
Offices of Physicians
0.01
$30.19
$62,800

Social Worker Job Description

what does a social worker doWhat does a social worker do? Social workers help individuals, groups, or families cope and face issues in their everyday lives.

Among the duties of a social worker are assessing the needs of clients, developing programs to improve the client/s’ well-being, referring clients to community resources such as day care and food stamps, helping clients to avail of benefits such as Medicare, and also responding to emergency situations such as domestic and/or child abuse, and following up on their client/s’ progress.

Social workers work in a number of different situations and with a wide range of individuals and groups. There are 7 different types of social workers, which are:

Child and Family Social Workers – These are those who work with children, parents, couples, and families. They attend to the needs of vulnerable children and families, help get access to food stamps and other aid, intervene with neglect and abuse, help with adoptions, locate foster families and alternative housing facilities for displaced children, and help families get back together.

Clinical Social Worker – These are licensed social workers that have the capacity to diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. They also do group, private, and couples therapy.

School Social Workers – They mostly work in schools and universities and work with parents, teachers, and school admins to create plans and programs that promote the well-being of the student population.

Healthcare Social Workers – There are different types of health care social workers as well, and these are:

Geriatric Social Workers – those who work with senior citizens and their families. They help to look for assisted living facilities and educate families on the proper care of aging family members.

Hospice Social Workers – these social workers help those who are dying. They help to lessen the emotional and physical pains of these individuals, and help their families adjust and cope with the situation.

Medical Social Workers – these social workers usually work in hospitals in cooperation with doctors and they provide patients with links to resources in the hospital and the community.

Mental Health Substance Abuse Social Workers – These social workers focus primarily on clients who have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, helping them cope with every day life, as well as support substance abusers in their road to recovery.

Social Worker Job Outlook

The projected increase in the demand for social workers from 2016 to 2026 is 16%, which is faster than other occupations. About 109,700 social worker jobs are seen to be created within these years.

The highest demand is seen to be in the field of healthcare. As the baby boomer generation is aging, more and more healthcare social workers are seen to be needed, with a projected employment increase of 20%.

The field of mental health and substance abuse social work is also seen to provide more job opportunities, with a projected employment increase of 19%.

Social Worker Salary by State

Flag
State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
0.154
$29.43
$61,220
Alaska Flag
Alaska
0.475
$31.26
$65,030
Arizona Flag
Arizona
0.546
$26.03
$54,140
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
0.527
$21.21
$44,130
California Flag
California
0.917
$30.96
$64,390
Colorado flag
Colorado
0.475
$23.44
$48,760
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
0.173
$27.20
$56,580
Delaware flag
Delaware
0.205
$30.04
$62,490
Florida Flag
Florida
0.308
$29.26
$60,860
Georgia Flag
Georgia
0.387
$25.43
$52,890
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
0.471
$32.21
$66,990
Idaho Flag
Idaho
0.159
$32.92
$68,470
Illinois Flag
Illinois
0.709
$33.15
$68,950
Indiana Flag
Indiana
0.207
$27.05
$56,270
Iowa Flag
Iowa
0.287
$26.58
$55,290
Kansas Flag
Kansas
0.431
$22.67
$47,160
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
0.426
$23.37
$48,600
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
0.246
$25.91
$53,900
Maine Flag
Maine
0.755
$23.95
$49,820
Maryland Flag
Maryland
0.409
$31.91
$66,370
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
0.226
$30.29
$62,990
Michigan Flag
Michigan
0.243
$26.48
$55,080
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
0.167
$28.50
$59,280
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.458
$22.93
$47,700
Missouri Flag
Missouri
0.264
$22.83
$47,490
Montana Flag
Montana
1.654
$19.09
$39,710
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
(8)-
$28.31
$58,880
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.198
$31.54
$65,600
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
0.2
$27.88
$57,990
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
0.206
$32.54
$67,690
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
0.859
$23.71
$49,310
New York Flag
New York
1.078
$28.81
$59,930
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
0.267
$22.72
$47,260
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
0.346
$25.39
$52,810
Ohio Flag
Ohio
0.593
$22.72
$47,260
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
0.456
$22.49
$46,790
Oregon Flag
Oregon
1.125
$23.08
$48,000
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
0.18
$28.53
$59,340
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
0.18
$34.06
$70,850
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
0.376
$23.40
$48,670
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
0.198
$32.38
$67,350
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
0.267
$25.05
$52,110
Texas Flag
Texas
0.174
$29.60
$61,560
Utah Flag
Utah
0.381
$23.24
$48,330
Vermont Flag
Vermont
0.246
$30.30
$63,030
Virginia Flag
Virginia
0.151
$28.35
$58,970
Washington Flag
Washington
0.36
$28.33
$58,920
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
0.381
$28.73
$59,760
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
0.322
$27.49
$57,170
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara , – CA
0.76
$41.04
$85,360
Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, – CA – Metropolitan Division
1.11
$39.50
$82,150
Springfield, MA-CT
0.19
$38.03
$79,100
Camden ,- NJ – Metropolitan Division
0.30
$37.83
$78,690
Bethesda/Rockville/Frederick , MD – Metropolitan Division
0.39
$36.03
$74,930

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
South Illinois – nonmetropolitan area
0.92
$36.12
$75,130
East Central, Illinois – non metropolitan area
0.46
$35.20
$73,210
Southern Vermont – non metropolitan area
0.33
$34.58
$71,920
South Florida – non metropolitan area
$32.73
$68,080
Southern Indiana – nonmetropolitan area
$31.56
$65,650

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