Social worker earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Social worker salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $65,432
Alabama $65,602
Arkansas $33,815
Arizona $45,680
California $72,550
Colorado $52,070
Connecticut $47,075
District of Columbia $82,630
Delaware $58,430
Florida $69,310
Georgia $67,630
Guam $38,770
Hawaii $70,645
Iowa $50,313
Idaho $66,455
Illinois $44,957
Indiana $47,539
Kansas $43,348
Kentucky $52,708
Louisiana $58,000
Massachusetts $75,340
Maryland $67,810
Maine $48,810
Michigan $58,447
Minnesota $65,310
Missouri $65,920
Mississippi $46,820
Montana $38,620
North Carolina $63,270
North Dakota $63,080
Nebraska $63,270
New Hampshire $72,690
New Jersey $66,110
New Mexico $55,040
Nevada $79,030
New York $67,940
Ohio $49,260
Oklahoma $63,270
Oregon $51,650
Pennsylvania $64,260
Puerto Rico $27,420
Rhode Island $77,970
South Carolina $43,280
South Dakota $73,450
Tennessee $47,840
Texas $75,820
Utah $43,770
Virginia $73,450
Vermont $69,390
Washington $77,440
Wisconsin $53,840
West Virginia $73,450
Wyoming $50,970

How much does a Social Worker earn?

Social worker salaries can vary widely depending on several factors, including specialization, state, and qualifications. Qualifications can range from the number of years spent as a social worker, whether or not an individual has a Masters of Social Work and what types of special certifications one might hold. According to PayScale, social workers with only a bachelor’s degree earn $25,000 to $48,000 a year. New graduates can expect earnings on the lower end of that scale. A 2009 National Association of Social Workers study shows an average increase of $15,000 annually for social workers who have completed their Master of Social Work versus those who have simply completed an undergraduate degree.

  • Child, family and school social workers handle the needs of children and families. Social workers in this category earned an average of $3,700 per month as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Healthcare social workers provide support to individuals and families with chronic or terminal illnesses. Healthcare social workers earned approximately $4,208 per month.

  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers treat those with mental, emotional or addiction problems such as alcoholism or drug abuse. Mental health and substance abuse social workers earned $3,554 per month.

The highest-earning states for social work vary depending on specialty, but, in general, include Connecticut, New Jersey, California, District of Columbia, and Rhode Island.

How do social worker salaries compare to similar careers?

Social workers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than interior designers but more than executive assistants.

Career Median Salary
Interior designer salary $53K
Probation officer salary $55K
Clergy salary $51K
Real estate agent salary $49K
Firefighter salary $49K
Social worker salary $49K
Private detective salary $51K
Embalmer salary $48K
Substance abuse social worker salary $47K
Executive assistant salary $48K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)