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How much do Social Workers earn in the United States?





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The average salary for a social worker is $49,410


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4,870 salaries reported. Updated 24 September 2021

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How much does a Social Worker make?

In the United States, the average pay for a social worker as of September 2021 is approximately $50,000 per year. Breaking it down, that works out to be approximately $25.64 per hour and $4,167 per month, assuming you work a 40 hour work week.

Comparing Social Worker Salaries

DirectlyApply has seen social worker salaries ranging from a high of $90,000 per year to a low of $26,813 per year, although we would estimate that the majority of social workers currently sit between $32,799 per year and $69,676 per year.

To be considered a top earning social worker you would be expected to be making in excess of $90,000 per year, which would put you in the top 10%. If you are earning $32,799 per year or lower, you would be sitting in the bottom 25 percentile.

However interestingly, the average pay range for a social worker can vary significantly (by as much as $57,201 per year) so therefore this role may allow for either increased hours or overtime, as well as opportunities for promotion and pay rises. It is therefore highly possible that you can increase your salary as you gain more experience in the role.

How does Social Worker pay compare across the United States?


under -7% less than national average

-4% to -7% less than national average

-1% to -4% less than national average

within 1% of national average

4% to 1% above national average

7% to 4% above national average

over 7% above national average

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