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Social Worker Ultimate Salary Guide

Social Worker Ultimate Salary Guide

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale, NonprofitPeople

Facts and Figures

Median annual earnings of child, family, and school social workers were $37,480 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,590 and $49,060. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,480, and the top 10 percent earned more than $62,530. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of child, family, and school social workers in May 2006 were:



  • Elementary and secondary schools - $48,360
  • Local government - $43,500
  • State government - $39,000
  • Individual and family services - $32,680
  • Other residential care facilities - $32,590

  • Median annual earnings of medical and public health social workers were $43,040 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,110 and $53,740. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,280, and the top 10 percent earned more than $64,070. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical and public health social workers in May 2006 were:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals - $48,420
  • Home health care services - $44,470
  • Local government - $41,590
  • Nursing care facilities - $38,550
  • Individual and family services - $35,510

  • Median annual earnings of mental health and substance abuse social workers were $35,410 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $27,940 and $45,720. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,490, and the top 10 percent earned more than $57,630. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of mental health and substance abuse social workers in May 2006 were:

  • Local government - $39,550
  • Psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals - $39,240
  • Individual and family services - $34,920
  • Residential mental retardation, mental health and substance abuse facilities - $30,590
  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers - $34,290

  • Median annual earnings of social workers, all other were $43,580 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,530 and $56,420. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,540, and the top 10 percent earned more than $68,500. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of social workers, all other in May 2006 were:

  • Local government - $46,330
  • State government - $45,070
  • Individual and family services - $35,150

  • About 20 percent of social workers are members of a union. Many belong to the union that represents workers in other occupations at their place of employment.

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