How Much Do Healthcare Social Workers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Healthcare Social Workers

Healthcare Social Workers provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$60470 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$36,110 to $45,280 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $22 per hour

Entry-level Healthcare Social Workers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $36,110 to $45,280 per year or $17 to $22 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Healthcare Social Workers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $42 $87,150
Senior (Top 25%) $35 $72,120
Middle (Mid 50%) $28 $57,630
Junior (Bottom 25%) $22 $45,280
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $36,110

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CA $40 $83,000
DC $37 $76,100
OR $36 $75,730
HI $35 $73,410
CT $35 $71,850
RI $33 $69,600
NV $32 $66,120
UT $32 $66,040
NH $32 $66,010
WA $32 $65,760

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Healthcare Social Worker is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Healthcare Social Workers are in the states of CA, DC, OR, HI and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $75370 $36.23
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $71330 $34.29
Junior Colleges $69080 $33.21
Specialty Hospitals $67530 $32.47
Scientific Research and Development Services $66900 $32.17
Insurance Carriers $66650 $32.04
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $66630 $32.03
Elementary and Secondary Schools $64370 $30.95
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $63870 $30.71
Home Health Care Services $63590 $30.57
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $63390 $30.48
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $63000 $30.29
Outpatient Care Centers $62660 $30.12
Offices of Dentists $62420 $30.01
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $60780 $29.22
Management of Companies and Enterprises $60690 $29.18
Local Government $60470 $29.07
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $60240 $28.96
Offices of Physicians $59910 $28.80
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $59610 $28.66
Employment Services $59170 $28.45
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $58740 $28.24
Grantmaking and Giving Services $58640 $28.19
Office Administrative Services $57760 $27.77
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) $56640 $27.23
Real Estate $56550 $27.19
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $56130 $26.99
Religious Organizations $55220 $26.55
State Government $54140 $26.03
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $54010 $25.97

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