Social Work Salaries in Oregon - OR

In addition to being a professionally and personally satisfying career, social work is a financially rewarding career. The average social worker salary in Oregon is $66,000, though this figure may change depending on factors like your educational background, experience, location, and workplace. For example, average salaries in major cities in Oregon are listed below:

  • Portland: $58,000
  • Eugene: $62,000
  • Salem: $55,000
  • Gresham: $58,000

Employment prospects are projected to be favorable overall, and look especially promising for social workers in rural areas and those who work with the elderly.

Though job prospects for child, family, and school social workers are projected to grow by 12%, the average growth rate for all occupations, prospects for other types of social workers are even brighter. Mental health and substance abuse social worker jobs are projected to grow by nearly 20%, and medical and public health social worker jobs are projected to grow 22% over the next several years. In particular, job prospects for social workers specializing in gerontology should be excellent as Oregon’s senior population grows from 13% of the population to 18.2%.

Oregon is a largely rural state, which also bodes well for social workers, which are in greater demand in rural areas, where it is often difficult to retain qualified professionals.

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            MSHUS- Organizational and Social Services
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor?s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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            Master of Social Work
            • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
            • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
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            • Incorporates social justice values and multicultural perspectives into curriculum. 
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            An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession. Our competency-based curriculum delivers both foundational knowledge and real-world skills, so that what you’re learning in your courses is immediately applicable to your career goals.


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            Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree

            Our Lady of the Lake University is a private, Catholic university with a deep connection to the history and community of San Antonio. Founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, we have developed a reputation for our personal teaching style. Since 2011, OLLU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.  We are a university that helps students develop their full potential in an environment that's encouraging and stimulating.


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            MA Human Services: Military Resilience
            • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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            • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
            • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
            • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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