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Healthcare Social Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of healthcare social workers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of healthcare social workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The healthcare social workers 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. Healthcare Social Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,750
25th Percentile Wage
$41,620
50th Percentile Wage
$53,760
75th Percentile Wage
$65,860
90th Percentile Wage
$80,020

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for healthcare social workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) healthcare social workers is $80,020. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,760. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,750. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 144% 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 healthcare social workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201653,7602.57%7.31%
201552,3800.86%-
201451,9302.14%-
201350,8201.95%-
201249,830--

Table 2. Healthcare Social Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of healthcare social workers in 9 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 healthcare social workers occupations is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $59,470. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $46,130).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,470
Finance and Insurance
$58,010
Educational Services
$57,580
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$57,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,830
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,940
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$53,060
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,760
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$46,130

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Healthcare Social Workers by States

From the above tables we note that not only healthcare social workers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of healthcare social workers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,610 to $69,880. The highest paying state for healthcare social workers is California with a median annual salary of $69,880. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $30,610. For more salary information of healthcare social workers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$69,880
Oregon
$66,180
Connecticut
$65,290
Alaska
$64,950
Nevada
$62,970
District of Columbia
$62,960
New Hampshire
$60,530
Washington
$60,520
New Jersey
$60,510
New York
$58,350
Minnesota
$57,380
Hawaii
$56,990
Utah
$56,330
Maryland
$56,120
Texas
$55,500
Ohio
$54,710
Illinois
$54,320
Massachusetts
$54,060
Wyoming
$53,940
Vermont
$53,860
Michigan
$53,700
Idaho
$53,360
Delaware
$53,080
Virginia
$52,830
Tennessee
$52,690
South Carolina
$52,570
New Mexico
$51,930
Colorado
$51,100
North Carolina
$50,920
Wisconsin
$50,370
North Dakota
$50,340
Maine
$49,620
Rhode Island
$49,460
Kentucky
$49,360
Pennsylvania
$49,130
Kansas
$49,000
West Virginia
$48,770
Florida
$48,360
Georgia
$48,280
Guam
$47,220
Alabama
$46,530
Louisiana
$46,480
Montana
$45,200
Mississippi
$45,170
Indiana
$44,860
Iowa
$44,820
Missouri
$44,770
Nebraska
$44,390
Oklahoma
$42,580
Arkansas
$41,260
Arizona
$40,690
South Dakota
$39,760
Puerto Rico
$30,610


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