How much do Social-workers earn in the United States?

Yearly Salary


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


National Average


8,201 salaries reported. Updated 10 November 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 January 2022 is approximately $62,000 per year. Breaking it down, that works out to be approximately $31.79 per hour and $5,167 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 $98,900 per year to a low of $28,000 per year, although we would estimate that the majority of social-workers currently sit between $41,243 per year and $91,000 per year.

To be considered a top earning social-worker you would be expected to be making in excess of $98,900 per year, which would put you in the top 10%. If you are earning $41,243 per year or lower, you would be sitting in the bottom 25 percentile.

However interestingly, the average pay range for an social-worker can vary significantly (by as much as $57,658 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.

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