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Counselors, Social Worker, and Other Community and Social Service Specialist Salary Information

The salary statistics of counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Counselors, Social Worker, and Other Community and Social Service Specialist Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,340
25th Percentile Wage
$32,520
50th Percentile Wage
$43,020
75th Percentile Wage
$58,290
90th Percentile Wage
$76,150

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists is $76,150. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,340. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 200% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201643,0202.30%6.09%
201542,0301.76%-
201441,2901.16%-
201340,8101.00%-
201240,400--

Table 2. Counselors, Social Worker, and Other Community and Social Service Specialist Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists in 17 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists occupations is the wholesale trade sector with an annual salary $63,170. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $29,800).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Wholesale Trade
$63,170
Finance and Insurance
$56,460
Educational Services
$55,440
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$51,160
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,640
Information
$45,620
Manufacturing
$45,000
Accommodation and Food Services
$42,840
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,790
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,510
Construction
$41,490
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,480
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$40,380
Transportation and Warehousing
$38,840
Health Care and Social Assistance
$38,110
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$36,650
Retail Trade
$29,800

Table 3. Salaries of Counselors, Social Worker, and Other Community and Social Service Specialist Related Occupations

The average annual salary of counselors, social worker, and other community and social service specialist related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Other Social Workers
$60,230
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
$54,560
Healthcare Social Workers
$53,760
Health Educators
$53,070
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$50,160
Marriage and Family Therapists
$49,170
Social Workers
$46,890
Counselors
$45,970
Other Counselors
$44,350
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
$43,250
Other Community and Social Service Specialists
$43,120
Mental Health Counselors
$42,840
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
$42,700
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$41,070
Community Health Workers
$37,330
Miscellaneous Community and Social Service Specialists
$36,970
Rehabilitation Counselors
$34,670
Social and Human Service Assistants
$31,810


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