The following is a breakdown of the average social worker salaries in all 50 states and for several different specializations, courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social worker salaries can vary widely depending on several factors, including your specialization, state and qualifications. Qualifications can range from the number of years spent as a social worker, whether or not you have a Masters of Social Work and what types of special certifications you might hold. A 2009 National Association of Social Workers study shows an average increase of $15,000 in annual salary for social workers who have completed their Master of Social Work versus those who have simply completed an undergraduate degree. For more on trends in social worker salaries, scroll down for the Social Worker's Salary Guide.

Average Salary

StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Alabama$18.80$39,090 Alaska$24.09$50,100 Arizona$18.47$38,420 Arkansas$17.55$36,510 California$24.72$51,410 Colorado$22.20$46,170 Connecticut$30.30$63,020 Delaware$18.98$39,480 DC$27.53$57,260 Florida$19.61$40,800 Georgia$17.93$37,300 Hawaii$23.00$47,840 Idaho$20.17$41,960 Illinois$26.60$55,340 Indiana$19.06$39,640 Iowa$20.44$42,510 Kansas$19.45$40,460 Kentucky$18.31$38,090 Louisiana$25.09$52,190 Maine$22.43$46,650 Maryland$23.20$48,250 Massachusetts$25.53$53,090 Michigan$22.47$46,730 Minnesota$28.66$59,620 Mississippi$16.44$34,190 Missouri$16.58$34,490
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Montana$16.79$34,490 Nebraska$18.63$38,740 Nevada$22.89$47,600 New Hampshire$20.10$41,800 New Jersey$29.22$60,780 New Mexico$20.18$41,970 New York$26.84$55,830 North Carolina$21.45$44,610 North Dakota$22.87$47,560 Ohio$20.33$42,280 Oklahoma$16.03$33,340 Oregon$20.96$43,600 Pennsylvania$19.16$39,850 Rhode Island$28.01$58,250 South Carolina$16.21$33,720 South Dakota$18.51$38,510 Tennessee$18.98$39,470 Texas$19.46$40,480 Utah$22.36$46,510 Vermont$20.04$41,680 Virginia$23.00$47,830 Washington$23.20$48,250 West Virginia$15.76$32,780 Wisconsin$23.13$48,110 Wyoming$22.48$46,760 Average$21.45$44,624
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Alabama$16.88$35,120 Alaska$20.98$43,640 Arizona$14.71$30,600 Arkansas$18.75$44,420 California$27.84$57,900 Colorado$20.84$43,350 Connecticut$28.51$59,300 Delaware$24.10$50,120 DC$26.40$54,900 Florida$18.91$39,340 Georgia$23.52$48,920 Hawaii$23.13$48,100 Idaho$20.63$42,920 Illinois$20.80$43,270 Indiana$19.21$39,950 Iowa$20.02$41.640 Kansas$19.89$41,640 Kentucky$16.89$35,140 Louisiana$20.75$43,150 Maine$26.82$55,790 Maryland$22.04$45,830 Massachusetts$22.85$47,520 Michigan$21.39$44.490 Minnesota$23.56$49,010 Mississippi$16.60$34,530 Missouri$20.30$42,210
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Montana$17.11$35,590 Nebraska$18.92$39,350 Nevada$24.49$50,940 New Hampshire$26.93$56,020 New Jersey$28.80$59,900 New Mexico$19.19$39,920 New York$26.01$54,090 North Carolina$21.50$44,720 North Dakota$21.50$44,730 Ohio$19.15$39,830 Oklahoma$14.45$30,060 Oregon$21.70$45,140 Pennsylvania$18.24$37,940 Rhode Island$24.39$50,730 South Carolina$15.01$31,230 South Dakota$17.47$36,330 Tennessee$17.70$36,810 Texas$19.63$40,820 Utah$20.69$43,040 Vermont$19.64$40,860 Virginia$22.95$47,730 Washington$22.54$46,870 West Virginia$13.45$27,980 Wisconsin$26.18$45,250 Wyoming$21.29$44,280 Average$21.12$43,924
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Alabama$21.64$45,010 Alaska$25.23$52,480 Arizona$24.15$50,240 Arkansas$23.09$48,030 California$32.63$67,860 Colorado$26.32$54,750 Connecticut$31.031$64,540 Delaware$23.47$48,810 DC$28.18$58,620 Florida$22.92$47,680 Georgia$23.13$48,100 Hawaii$26.70$55,330 Idaho$24.67$51,320 Illinois$25.53$53,110 Indiana$22.12$46,010 Iowa$23.34$48,540 Kansas$21.73$45,210 Kentucky$21.57$44,860 Louisiana$23.61$49,110 Maine$23.91$49,720 Maryland$26.70$55,540 Massachusetts$27.76$57,740 Michigan$25.31$52,640 Minnesota$25.40$52,840 Mississippi$21.34$44,390 Missouri$21.77$45,290
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Montana$22.83$47,480 Nebraska$21.09$43,860 Nevada$29.95$62,300 New Hampshire$27.71$57,630 New Jersey$27.99$58,220 New Mexico$23.21$48,270 New York$28.34$58,950 North Carolina$23.40$48,670 North Dakota$21.85$45,450 Ohio$24.68$51,320 Oklahoma$21.28$44,260 Oregon$29.57$61,500 Pennsylvania$23.01$47,860 Rhode Island$28.84$59,990 South Carolina$22.17$46,120 South Dakota$18.74$38,980 Tennessee$23.55$48,990 Texas$26.97$56,090 Utah$27.42$57,030 Vermont$24.84$51,670 Virginia$25.53$53,090 Washington$27.50$57,210 West Virginia$20.98$43,640 Wisconsin$24.05$50,030 Wyoming$24.15$50,230 Average$24.76$51,506
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Alabama$29.43$61,220 Alaska$31.26$65,030 Arizona$28.97$60,250 Arkansas$21.21$44,130 California$30.96$64,390 Colorado$23.44$48,760 Connecticut$27.20$56,580 Delaware$30.04$62,490 DC$35.16$73,130 Florida$29.26$60,860 Georgia$25.43$52,890 Hawaii$32.21$66,990 Idaho$32.92$68,470 Illinois$33.15$68,950 Indiana$27.05$56,270 Iowa$26.58$55,290 Kansas$22.67$47,160 Kentucky$23.69$49,270 Louisiana$25.91$53,900 Maine$23.95$49,820 Maryland$31.91$66,370 Massachusetts$30.29$62,990 Michigan$26.48$55,080 Minnesota$28.50$59,280 Mississippi$22.83$47,700 Missouri$22.83$47,490
StateHourly WageAnnual Wage Montana$19.09$39,710 Nebraska$28.31$58,880 Nevada$31.54$65,600 New Hampshire$27.88$57,990 New Jersey$32.54$67,690 New Mexico$23.71$49,310 New York$28.81$59,930 North Carolina$22.72$47,260 North Dakota$25.39$52,810 Ohio$22.72$47,260 Oklahoma$22.49$46,790 Oregon$23.08$48,00 Pennsylvania$28.53$59,340 Rhode Island$34.06$70,850 South Carolina$23.40$48,670 South Dakota$32.38$67,350 Tennessee$25.05$52,110 Texas$29.60$61,560 Utah$23.24$48,330 Vermont$30.30$63,030 Virginia$28.35$58,970 Washington$28.33$58,920 West Virginia$28.73$59,760 Wisconsin$27.49$57,170 Wyomingn/an/a Average$27.36$56,905

The Social Worker's Salary Guide

Although social workers rarely enter the profession for its monetary compensation alone, salaries are something that all current and aspiring social workers should understand. To that end, we have put together the following infographic that breaks down not only social work salaries by city, but also the basics of the social work profession, from the benefits of a Masters of Social Work, to demographics, work settings, and beyond.

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