Social Worker Salary

What is a social worker?

Social workers help individuals and families identify problems and work toward solutions. They may also work with people who have substance abuse problems, social disorders, or other behavioral issues learn to cope or curb their habits through therapy. They may be employed in a variety of settings including schools, government agencies and private practices. Depending on their work scope, they may provide services similar to those offered by psychologists, mental health counselors or school guidance counselors.

What is social worker salary?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) reports the median income for social workers in 2012 exceeded the median income for all occupations during that year. The median pay was lower for certain specialties, including healthcare social workers; child, family, and school social workers; and mental health and substance abuse social workers.

Job TitleBottom 10% Annual WageAnnual Median WageTop 10% Annual Wage
Healthcare Social Workers-U.S.$32190$52380$77880
Social Workers, All Other-U.S.$33380$58560$83400
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Is it difficult to find a job as a social worker?

From 2012 through 2022 the career is expected to grow faster than average according to bls.gov. Increasing demand in the health care sector is expected to drive much of the growth in the field. There may be different demand depending on the specialty you decide to pursue.

Job TitleProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Healthcare Social Workers-U.S.19.3%
Social Workers, All Other-U.S.3.8%
Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Is there room for advancement as a social worker?

A bachelor's degree is the minimum educational requirement for many social work positions. Earning an advanced degree, however, might qualify you for more employment opportunities. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) says a master's degree may allow an individual to work in supervisory, administrative and training capacities. A doctorate in social work can lead to jobs at universities as an educator or researcher.

In addition, the NASW offers a number of credentialing programs in areas such as leadership, case management and addictions. The NASW notes credentialed social workers may have access to new avenues of career achievement.

Do social workers need to be licensed or certified?

According to bls.gov, all states have licensure or certification requirements for social workers. Each state determines its own requirements but they typically involve obtaining a degree from a program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education and passing an exam administered by the Association of Social Work Boards. States may also have continuing education requirements that must be met to maintain a license.

Social Workers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012,

National Association of Social Workers, Social Work Fact Sheets and Social Work Credentials,

Social Worker Schools

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            BA/Health and Human Services
            • Liberal Arts degrees include BAs in English, History, Applied Linguistics, and more.
            • Coursework is designed to enhance students’ knowledge on a wide range of subjects, including history, culture, and art.
            • Educators focus on developing their students’ critical, creative thinking, and communication skills.
            • 100% online, flexible courses allow students to pursue their degree on their own schedule.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            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.
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            PhD - Social and Community Services

            About Capella University
            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.


            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            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.  
            • Offers inventive programs with hands-on experience.  
            • Incorporates social justice values and multicultural perspectives into curriculum. 
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Human and Social Services Diploma
            • Several campuses are designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.
            • Scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
            • Day, evening, and online classes are available for flexible schedule options.
            • Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
            • Founded 160 years ago, it is one of America’s premier private career colleges.
            Show more [+]