Social Work Salaries


Quick facts from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Seventy-one percent of all social workers are women. Their average annual salary is $30,108.
  • The average annual salary for male social workers is $34,372. 


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U.S. News provides the following salary statistics:

  • Child welfare social worker: $32,500

  • Community practitioner: $32,500

  • Court social worker: $32,500

  • HMO social worker: $37,500

  • School social worker: $37,500

  • Member, private practice: $47,500

  • Solo private practitioner: $52,500

Average salaries for social workers, according to U.S. News:

  • Entry level: $32,500

  • Midlevel: $47,500

  • Top: $52,500

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