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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [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
$25,850
25th Percentile Wage
$33,150
50th Percentile Wage
$43,860
75th Percentile Wage
$59,290
90th Percentile Wage
$77,280

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 $77,280. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $43,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,850. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 198% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$43,860
1.92% 7.89%
2016
$43,020
2.30% -
2015
$42,030
1.76% -
2014
$41,290
1.16% -
2013
$40,810
1.00% -
2012
$40,400
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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 18 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 utilities sector with an annual salary $72,020. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $29,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$72,020
Wholesale Trade
$59,450
Educational Services
$56,130
Finance and Insurance
$53,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,460
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,460
Information
$46,990
Accommodation and Food Services
$44,840
Manufacturing
$43,580
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$43,330
Construction
$43,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$42,110
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,800
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,930
Health Care and Social Assistance
$38,840
Transportation and Warehousing
$38,840
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$37,420
Retail Trade
$29,820

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
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$64,740
Other Social Workers
$62,470
Other Counselors
$56,650
Health Educators
$55,090
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
$52,080
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
$49,750
Social Workers
$47,980
Counselors
$46,740
Marriage and Family Therapists
$45,050
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors
$43,370
Healthcare Social Workers
$39,700
Mental Health Counselors
$38,210
Miscellaneous Community and Social Service Specialists
$37,670
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
$36,770
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
$33,520
Other Community and Social Service Specialists
$33,100
Community Health Workers
$28,300
Rehabilitation Counselors
$26,300
Social and Human Service Assistants
$25,690



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