Salary Guide

Below you will find a collection of the most current social work compensation data available to the American public. These figures cover social work compensation as it stands in different sectors and in different careers on both a national and state-by-state basis.

Much of the work found here comes from the collection efforts of the federal government. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics conducted its Occupational Employment Statistics census, surveying over 1.2 million establishments total, across hundreds of occupations. The OES has made great strides to collect data on social work careers specific to general healthcare, mental health, education and child and family care.

The data collected, when combined with our guide to earning a degree and becoming a specialized social worker, will give you a sense of how social work professionals’ compensation across sectors corresponded to their qualifications. A handy base of comparison is the the median salary for all social workers: $44,200.

Employment and Wage Figures by Social Work Profession
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Occupation National Employment National Mean Annual Wage National Median Wage
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 276,760 $46,060 $42,120
Healthcare Social Workers 141,830 $52,520 $50,820
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 110,010 $44,420 $40,970
Social Workers, All Other 62,640 $56,060 $56,510
Social Work Teacher, Postsecondary 10,780 $71,380 $64,280

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Top Paying States
New Jersey $62,380
Connecticut $61,800
Rhode Island $60,170
Minnesota $59,830
Illinois $55,470
Top Paying Metropolitan Areas
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division $69,160
Springfield, IL $66,120
Waterbury, CT $64,480M
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI $63,960
New Haven, CT $63,530

Healthcare Social Workers

Top Paying States
California $65,810
Nevada $64,710
Connecticut $62,600
Rhode Island $61,030
Top Paying Metropolitan Areas
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $81,870
Sherman-Denison, TX $78,720
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division $78,650
Napa, CA $77,510
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA $77,220

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Top Paying States
Connecticut $57,740
Wisconsin $56,300
New Hampshire $56,100
New Jersey $54,360
District of Columbia $54,310
Top Paying Metropolitan Areas
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Glens Falls, NY $68,380
Racine, WI $67,190
Utica-Rome, NY $64,960
Ogden-Clearfield, UT $64,920
Elmira, NY $64,350

Social Workers, All Other

Top Paying States
Rhode Island $70,860
Idaho $68,200
South Dakota $65,760
Maryland $65,500
Nevada $64,560
Top Paying Metropolitan Areas
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $80,280
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division $79,700
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division $76,250
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division $73,720
Springfield, MA-CT $72,980

Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary

Top Paying States
Maryland $119,860
Massachusetts $88,580
California $82,470
Pennsylvania $79,730
Rhode Island $79,280
Top Paying Metropolitan Areas
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Baltimore-Towson, MD $121,460
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division $107,770
Richmond, VA $99,200
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division $98,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division $90,700