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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $78,510. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,890. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,800. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 172% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of social workers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of social workers in 11 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $58,020. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $38,800).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |