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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Healthcare Social Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,260
25th Percentile Wage
$42,510
50th Percentile Wage
$54,870
75th Percentile Wage
$67,850
90th Percentile Wage
$81,560

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 $81,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,870. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,260. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 145% 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 healthcare social workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,870
2.02% 9.19%
2016
$53,760
2.57% -
2015
$52,380
0.86% -
2014
$51,930
2.14% -
2013
$50,820
1.95% -
2012
$49,830
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Table 2. Healthcare Social Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of healthcare social workers in 10 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $60,920. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $49,430).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,920
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,230
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$57,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$56,390
Retail Trade
$55,490
Health Care and Social Assistance
$55,160
Educational Services
$55,000
Finance and Insurance
$54,740
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,300
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,430

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 $31,070 to $71,190. The highest paying state for healthcare social workers is California with a median annual salary of $71,190. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $31,070. 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
$71,190
Alaska
$69,460
Oregon
$69,250
Connecticut
$68,710
District of Columbia
$66,970
Nevada
$65,700
New Jersey
$62,120
New Hampshire
$61,950
Hawaii
$59,640
New York
$59,530
Washington
$58,770
Minnesota
$58,460
Utah
$57,930
Massachusetts
$56,550
Maryland
$56,310
Texas
$56,220
Idaho
$56,000
Ohio
$55,430
Delaware
$55,370
Michigan
$55,080
Virginia
$54,990
Vermont
$54,890
New Mexico
$54,420
South Carolina
$54,360
Kansas
$53,020
Illinois
$52,890
North Carolina
$51,910
Wyoming
$51,870
Tennessee
$51,860
Colorado
$51,140
Wisconsin
$50,850
North Dakota
$50,590
Georgia
$50,330
Pennsylvania
$50,070
Kentucky
$50,020
Rhode Island
$49,640
Guam
$49,290
Louisiana
$49,140
Maine
$48,970
West Virginia
$48,910
Florida
$48,250
Montana
$47,480
Indiana
$47,470
Mississippi
$47,290
Iowa
$47,170
Alabama
$46,600
Nebraska
$46,170
Oklahoma
$44,290
Missouri
$43,050
South Dakota
$40,730
Arkansas
$39,990
Arizona
$39,930
Puerto Rico
$31,070



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