Social Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of social workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of social workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of social workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The 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. Social Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,560
25th Percentile Wage
$36,590
50th Percentile Wage
$47,980
75th Percentile Wage
$62,710
90th Percentile Wage
$79,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for social workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) social workers is $79,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,980. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,560. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 169% 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 social workers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,980
2.27% 7.88%
2016
$46,890
2.11% -
2015
$45,900
0.87% -
2014
$45,500
0.99% -
2013
$45,050
1.89% -
2012
$44,200
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Table 2. Social Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of social workers in 14 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 social workers occupations is the educational services sector with an annual salary $57,310. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $31,600).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Educational Services
$57,310
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$55,690
Finance and Insurance
$55,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,240
Wholesale Trade
$54,030
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,540
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$49,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$48,540
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,420
Construction
$45,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$40,010
Information
$37,720
Retail Trade
$31,600



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