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Social Worker Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of social workers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare social worker salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Social Workers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,630
25th Percentile Wage
$41,980
50th Percentile Wage
$55,240
75th Percentile Wage
$69,380
90th Percentile Wage
$82,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social workers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) social workers is $82,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid social workers is $32,630.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of social workers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$55,240
5.67% 16.75%
2016
$52,110
0.75% -
2015
$51,720
1.84% -
2014
$50,770
5.59% -
2013
$47,930
4.05% -
2012
$45,990
- -

Compare Social Worker Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of social workers in eight industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for social worker occupations is the management, scientific, and technical consulting services industry with an annual salary $60,280. The lowest paying industry is the other professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $43,120). For detailed social worker salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$60,280
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$59,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,240
Legal Services
$51,860
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$51,160
Scientific Research and Development Services
$49,550
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$47,360
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$43,120

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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