Social Work Salaries in New Jersey - NJ

The U.S. Department of Labor classifies social workers into four categories: child, family and school social workers; medical and public health social workers; mental health and substance abuse social workers; and all other social workers. New Jersey is among the highest-paying states for some classifications of social workers, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Its 9,040 child, family and school social workers make a median salary of $53,610, ranking it fourth in the nation. The social worker salary in New Jersey for its 1,570 mental health and substance abuse social workers is the highest of any state in the nation, at $59,000.

Certain metropolitan areas of New Jersey rank higher than others in pay as well. The Edison-New Brunswick area pays $66,800 income per year to mental health and substance abuse social workers, and the same classification working in the Trenton-Ewing area earn $61,970. For those searching for current openings for social workers within New Jersey, it becomes evident that income for social workers in certain areas of the state differs from others. Take a look at recent salary data for current social worker openings in New Jersey, taken from indeed.com:

Newark:  $85,000
Jersey City:  $85,000
Paterson:  $85,000
Elizabeth:  $85,000
Edison:  $86,000
Woodbridge:  $85,000
Stone Harbor:  $55,000
Ocean City:  $55,000

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