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Social Worker Earnings

The median annual wage for social workers was $45,500 in May 2014. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,240, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $75,850

The median annual wages of social workers in May 2014 were the following:

  • Social workers, all other: $59,100
  • Healthcare social workers: 51,930
  • Child, family, and school social workers: 42,120
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers: 41,380

In May 2014, the median annual wages for social workers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Hospitals; state, local, and private: $56,550
  • State and local government, excluding education and hospitals: 47,140
  • Ambulatory healthcare services: 45,550
  • Nursing and residential care facilities: 39,470
  • Individual and family services: 37,910

Social workers generally work full time. They may sometimes work evenings and weekends to see clients or attend meetings.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition

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