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Social Work Salaries

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.
 

Social Work Salaries - Child, Family, & School

State Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Alabama $19.66 $40,890
Alaska $23.62 $49,130
Arizona $17.55 $36,510
Arkansas $17.14 $35,640
California $26.10 $54,290
Colorado $23.33 $48,520
Connecticut $31.93 $66,410
Delaware $18.76 $39,030
DC $30.42 $63,260
Florida $19.81 $41,210
Georgia $18.25 $37,960
Hawaii $26.56 $55,250
Idaho $23.17 $48,180
Illinois $28.27 $58,790
Indiana $18.72 $38,940
Iowa $20.18 $41,980
Kansas $19.29 $40,130
Kentucky $18.64 $38,780
Louisiana $24.86 $51,710
Maine $24.32 $50,580
Maryland $24.62 $51,210
Massachusetts $22.59 $46,990
Michigan $22.83 $47,480
Minnesota $26.44 $55,000
Mississippi $16.58 $34,480
Missouri $17.58 $36,560
Montana $16.85 $35,050
Nebraska $19.80 $41,190
Nevada $23.51 $48,900
New Hampshire $22.90 $47,630
New Jersey $29.68 $61,740
New Mexico $20.61 $42,870
New York $27.87 $57,970
North Carolina $22.21 $46,200
North Dakota $25.30 $52,630
Ohio $20.11 $41,820
Oklahoma $18.05 $37,550
Oregon $23.26 $48,380
Pennsylvania $19.76 $41,090
Rhode Island $28.68 $59,660
South Carolina $17.12 $35,610
South Dakota $19.34 $40,220
Tennessee $19.46 $40,480
Texas $21.06 $43,800
Utah $23.19 $48,230
Vermont $20.56 $42,760
Virginia $24.42 $50,780
Washington $23.66 $49,220
West Virginia $17.43 $36,260
Wisconsin $23.53 $48,940
Wyoming $21.72 $45,580
Average $22.84 $47,510

 

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Social Work Salaries - Mental Health & Substance Abuse

State Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Alabama $18.31 $38,080
Alaska $22.14 $46,050
Arizona $16.61 $34,560
Arkansas $19.46 $40,480
California $30.92 $64,320
Colorado $20.90 $43,480
Connecticut $29.06 $60,450
Delaware $26.18 $54,450
DC $24.74 $51,450
Florida 20.87 $43,410
Georgia $25.36 $52,750
Hawaii 27.54 $57,290
Idaho $19.03 $39,580
Illinois $25.60 $53,240
Indiana $20.24 $42,100
Iowa $21.82 $45,380
Kansas $19.73 $41,050
Kentucky $18.33 $38,130
Louisiana $17.92 $37,270
Maine $28.54 $59,360
Maryland $22.86 $47,560
Massachusetts $21.62 $44,960
Michigan $23.76 $49,420
Minnesota $23.71 $49,410
Mississippi $16.77 $34,880
Missouri $17.07 $35,510
Montana $18.13 $37,710
Nebraska $17.61 $36,620
Nevada 27.62 $57,460
New Hampshire $24.68 $51,320
New Jersey $34.43 $71,600
New Mexico $17.99 $37,420
New York $27.13 $56,430
North Carolina $22.35 $46,490
North Dakota $24.17 $50,270
Ohio $19.80 $41,190
Oklahoma $17.04 $35,430
Oregon $22.28 $46,330
Pennsylvania $18.08 $37,600
Rhode Island $22.80 $47,420
South Carolina $16.68 $34,680
South Dakota $17.78 $36,980
Tennessee $17.09 $35,540
Texas $20.57 $42,790
Utah $22.66 47,140
Vermont $19.30 $41,150
Virginia $23.68 $49,250
Washington $24.99 $51,980
West Virginia $14.87 $30,920
Wisconsin $22.22 $46,220
Wyoming $26.98 $56,110
Average $23.02 $47,880

 

Medical & Public Health

State Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Alabama $22.65 $47,120
Alaska $30.14 $62,690
Arizona $22.95 $47,740
Arkansas $20.86 $43,390
California $34.17 $71,080
Colorado $25.54 $53,120
Connecticut $32.29 $67,170
Delaware $25.53 $53,100
DC $32.61 $67,840
Florida $24.82 $51,640
Georgia $24.29 $50,520
Hawaii $28.46 $59,190
Idaho 26.90 $55,940
Illinois $26.48 55,070
Indiana $23.12 $48,080
Iowa $21.96 $45,680
Kansas $23.54 $48,970
Kentucky $23.38 $48,630
Louisiana $23.84 $49,580
Maine $24.28 $50,510
Maryland $27.60 $57,400
Massachusetts $25.60 $54,350
Michigan 26.57 $55,260
Minnesota $27.59 $57,390
Mississippi $22.40 $46,590
Missouri $22.42 $46,630
Montana $22.37 $46,530
Nebraska $21.60 $45,040
Nevada $34.14 $71,020
New Hampshire $29.32 $60,980
New Jersey $29.86 $62,110
New Mexico $25.04 $52,090
New York $28.88 $60,060
North Carolina $24.91 $51,810
North Dakota $24.19 $50,320
Ohio $25.54 $53,130
Oklahoma $21.94 $45,630
Oregon $31.85 $66,240
Pennsylvania $24.12 $50,160
Rhode Island $52,660 $25.32
South Carolina $23.58 $53,750
South Dakota $20.02 $41,640
Tennessee $25.45 $52,930
Texas $27.86 $57,950
Utah $27.55 $57,310
Vermont $26.95 $56,050
Virginia $26.01 $54,100
Washington $30.06 $62,520
West Virginia $23.31 $48,490
Wisconsin $24.41 $50,780
Wyoming $26.80 $55,750
Average $26.69 $55,510

 

All Other

State Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Alabama $29.53 $61,430
Alaska $29.29 $60,920
Arizona $26.57 $55,260
Arkansas $22.23 $46,240
California $31.46 $65,440
Colorado $25.14 $52,290
Connecticut $27.32 $56,820
Delaware $28.94 $60,190
DC $34.37 $71,490
Florida $32.15 $66,880
Georgia $28.47 $59,220
Hawaii $34.74 $72,260
Idaho $33.73 $70,150
Illinois $31.37 $65,240
Indiana $28.39 $59,050
Iowa $28.48 $59,250
Kansas $23.88 $49,680
Kentucky $26.41 $54,940
Louisiana $25.39 $52,810
Maine $24.86 $51,700
Maryland $31.56 $65,640
Massachusetts $35.22 $73,270
Michigan $28.93 $60,170
Minnesota $25.79 $53,640
Mississippi $22.75 $47,320
Missouri $23.14 $48,120
Montana $20.11 $41,820
Nebraska $29.43 $61,210
Nevada $33.46 $69,600
New Hampshire $28.75 $59,790
New Jersey $33.20 $69,050
New Mexico $26.63 $55,380
New York $30.59 $63,630
North Carolina n/q n/a
North Dakota $27.43 $57,040
Ohio $23.05 $47,940
Oklahoma $26.70 $55,530
Oregon $24.08 $50,090
Pennsylvania $28.18 $58,610
Rhode Island $36.67 $76,280
South Carolina $20.90 $43,480
South Dakota $32.41 $67,420
Tennessee $25.55 $53,150
Texas $32.62 $67,860
Utah $23.34 $48,550
Vermont $29.83 $62,050
Virginia $31.11 $64,700
Washington $31.86 $66,280
West Virginia $30.44 $63,320
Wisconsin $28.40 $59,080
Wyoming $26.51 $55,140
Average $28.56 $59,410

 

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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