Social Worker Salaries by State in 2017

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July 26, 2017

Social Worker Salaries by State in 2017

If you’re entertaining becoming a social worker in the future, we’ve put together this little salary guide just for you! Take an in-depth look at what we can expect from job growth and salaries of this position will look like for the coming years.

Social workers respond to and prevent crisis situations by counseling individuals, families, and communities on ways to cope with everyday life and the situations that come along with it. They’re frequently tasked with working with those in low socio-economic demographics, including severe poverty, the unemployed, those facing discrimination or inadequate housing, and other social situations in which they’re required.

Social work is generally divided into 3 areas of expertise in which you can choose to specialize: child, family, and school care, medical and public health, and clinical social workers.

Social work is a growing field at 12%, 5 points above the average job growth rate of 7%. Although its not the most explosive healthcare-related field, there are still many opportunities available for those dedicated to the work.

How Much Do Social Workers Make?

How much a social workers can make via salary varies depending on the location of the job, experience of the individual, and the current demand.

Use the table at the end of this article to find out whether your state, or the state you eventually want to work in, pays its social workers above or below the national average.

As represented in the graph below, social worker can expect to earn a median hourly wage of $26.16, or $54,510 per year:

Social Worker Salary

Return on Investment for Social Workers

In order to become a social worker, a bachelor’s degree is the first hurdle you’ll have to cross. Afterward, a minimum of 2 more years of higher education are required, but many are going on the pursue a doctoral degree when taking competition in the field into account.

However, social workers aren’t known for earning the highest of salaries. If social work is in your future, its vital that you make prudent financial decisions moving forward to ensure your debt-to-income ratio once you’re on the job is in your favor.

Best States for Social Worker Salaries

A major factor in determining what your salary may look like is the location in which you plan to work. However, this principle applies to nearly all occupations largely due to the varying cost-of-living rates across the country.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics collects salary and employment data for nearly all positions, nationwide. The following table includes all data compiled from the BLS from each state including total number of jobs and wages as of May 2016.

Search or sort the table to find out what you can expect to make if social work is in your future:

*Location quotients serve as a statistical representation of the concentration of a resource, like jobs, with a broader base area.

StateEmploymentEmployment per thousand jobsLocation quotientHourly mean wageAnnual mean wage
Alabama3500.1843$29.53$61,430
Alaska1900.541.40$29.29$60,920
Arizona1,4400.541.28$26.57$55,260
Arkansas5800.491.15$22.23$46,240
California10,8900.681.61$31.46$65,440
Colorado1,1700.461.10$25.14$52,290
Connecticut---------$27.32$56,820
D.C.2900.410.96$34.37$71,490
Delaware1000.230.54$28.94$60,190
Florida1,5900.190.46$32.15$66,880
Georgia1,1300.270.63$28.47$59,220
Hawaii2700.431.02$34.74$72,260
Idaho800.120.28$33.73$70,150
Illinois5,2100.882.08$31.37$65,240
Indiana4500.150.35$28.39$59,050
Iowa3900.250.60$28.48$59,250
Kansas5700.420.98$23.88$49,680
Kentucky6200.330.79$26.41$54,940
Louisiana8700.451.07$25.39$52,810
Maine5000.831.97$24.86$51,700
Maryland1,0400.400.93$31.56$65,640
Massachusetts6600.190.45$36.67$76,280
Michigan7800.190.44$28.93$60,170
Minnesota9200.330.78$28.93$53,640
Mississippi7100.641.50$22.75$47,320
Missouri9500.350.82$23.14$48,120
Montana6101.353.18$20.11$41,820
Nebraska1500.150.36$29.43$61,210
Nevada2800.220.52$33.46$69,600
New Hampshire800.130.30$28.75$59,790
New Jersey5100.130.31$33.20$69,050
New Mexico5200.651.53$26.63$55,380
New York8,1500.902.11$30.59$63,630
North Carolina---------------
North Dakota3400.791.87$27.43$57,040
Ohio3,2100.601.42$23.05$47,940
Oklahoma3800.240.57$26.70$55,530
Oregon1,7400.972.29$24.08$50,090
Pennsylvania1,2100.210.50$28.18$58,610
Rhode Island900.190.45$36.67$76,280
South Carolina2,9801.513.55$20.90$43,480
South Dakota900.220.51$32.41$67,420
Tennessee9400.320.76$25.55$53,150
Texas1,6800.140.34$32.62$67,860
Utah4800.350.83$23.34$48,550
Vermont1000.330.79$29.83$62,050
Virginia5600.150.35$31.11$64,700
Washington7500.240.58$31.86$66,280
West Virginia2700.390.93$30.44$63,320
Wisconsin8900.320.75$28.40$59,080
Wyoming1700.621.47$26.51$55,140

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