Social Work Salaries in California - CA

Licensed social workers in California have the option of working in a variety of settings. Some of these include schools, private practices, group practices, interdisciplinary practices, local and state government, individual and family services, hospitals, nursing home facilities, and residential care facilities. Depending upon where social workers work, salaries tend to vary. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Services, medical and public health social workers in California make an average salary of $57,890; while the average mental health and substance abuse social worker salary in California is $46,340. Child, family and school social workers in California make an average annual salary of $50,340; and other categories of social workers make about $56,860 in California per year.

Some areas within the state of California pay social workers more than others areas, as well. The Oakland-Fremont-Hayward metropolitan area pays its child, family and school social workers $63,620. The Madera metropolitan area pays its medical and public health social workers $67,520; while the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area pays the same category of social workers $66,900. In the “all other” social worker category, the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward metropolitan area pays $64,200. Here are some figures that current social worker positions across California are offering, according to indeed.com:

Los Angeles:  $68,000
San Diego:  $61,000
Sacramento:  $61,000
San Francisco: $80,000

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            Capella combines outstanding academics with a supportive faculty and staff in a program designed for working adults.

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            Master of Social Work
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            Bachelor of Science in Human Services

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            The story of Iowa Wesleyan University is a story of community; its founding, an act of community; its long history, an affirmation of community. Its defining vision draws on a community of memory even as it forges a dynamic future.

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