Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Best and Worst States for Healthcare Social Worker Pay

There were approximately 175,000 healthcare social workers at work in the U.S. as of May 2019 according to reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Healthcare social workers are found in varied healthcare settings, including with hospitals, individual family services providers, home health care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient care centers. Healthcare social work professionals generally earn slightly higher salaries and wages than workers in most other occupations.  Per BLS estimates, as of May 2019, the national mean wage for healthcare social workers was $59,300 per year, modestly ahead of the $53,490 annual mean wage for all occupations in the U.S.  Although healthcare social workers realize modestly better than average pay in comparison to most workers, there is considerable variation from state-to-state in how much healthcare social workers earn.  Per BLS data, as of May 2019 these were the ten states where healthcare social workers attain the highest average pay:

California $79,620
Oregon $74,050
Connecticut $72,980
Nevada $72,640
Hawaii $71,260
Alaska $65,020
New Hampshire $64,680
New Jersey $64,150
Utah $63,280
Washington $62,990
Massachusetts $61,650

At the other end of the table, here were the bottom ten states for healthcare social worker pay:

Montana $50,740
West Virginia $50,650
Arkansas $50,480
Kentucky $49,770
Nebraska $49,280
Tennessee $48,280
Mississippi $47,460
Missouri $47,380
Alabama $47,190
South Dakota $44,060

So where does your state rank for healthcare social worker pay?

Visit Healthcare Social Worker Average Wages by State for further information.