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 $53,862, while the bottom 20% make closer to $28,867. The median grad salary is $39,432.

Social Work graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in social work is $26,305, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $28,822.

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

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

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