Which careers have the most earning potential for social work graduates?

After graduation, social work graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $57,298, while the bottom 20% make closer to $28,385. The median grad salary is $40,329.

Social Work graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in social work is $28,865, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $40,154.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Pro tip
Still unsure if a degree in social work is your calling? Read our comprehensive guide on choosing a career


Discover what you’ll learn—and what you can do after you graduate.

Read about Overview