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Overview
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. Clinical social workers also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for child, family, and school social workers are expected to grow by 14%, and should have about 38,500 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Child, family, and school social workers are less likely to be automated than 84% of other careers.
Workforce size
Child, family, and school social workers, with 317,600 workers, form a larger workforce than 86% of careers.
Education
About 78% of social workers have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by social workers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More social workers have bachelor's degrees than 85% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 54% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for child, family, and school social workers. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most child, family, and school social workers.
This job's median $46KAll jobs' median $39K$45K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 81% of social workers -- that's a larger percentage than 92% of other jobs.
Gender of social workers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For social workers, the median men's salary was 2% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 30% of social workers are minority, and 10% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of social workers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (10%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Child, Family, and School Social Workers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 61% of social workers, and 74% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for social workers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 78% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of child, family, and school social workers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (91%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (90%)
  • Time Pressure (81%)
  • Consequence of Error (62%)
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People (57%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (43%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do social workers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group social workers, which combines the data for 4 careers, including child, family, and school social workers. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for child, family, and school social workers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for child, family, and school social workers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for child, family, and school social workers (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all social workers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for social workers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for social workers (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where child, family, and school social workers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Social workers (ACS)
Private for-profit (23.0%)
Private not-for-profit (32.0%)
Local government (20.6%)
State government (19.8%)
Federal government (3.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.5%)
Self-employed not incorporated (0.7%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of social workers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of social workers, which combines the 4 specialties for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of child, family, and school social workers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty child, family, and school social workers, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for social workers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Social workers and gender

With 81% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 92% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Social workers
Men (19%)
Women (81%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is better for social workers, with the median salary for men only 1.8% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Social workers have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 91% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of social workers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority social workers than for 88% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of social workers
White (67% )
Black (22% )
Other (3% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
American Indian (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for social workers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for social workers by nativity
$43K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by child, family, and school social workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), child, family, and school social workers typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as social workers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for social workers.

Education attained by social workers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Licensing and certification recommended for child, family, and school social workers

All states require clinical social workers to be licensed, and most states require licensure or certification for nonclinical social workers. Becoming a licensed clinical social worker requires a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of 2 years of supervised clinical experience after graduation. After completing their supervised experience, clinical social workers must pass a clinical exam to be licensed.

Because licensing requirements vary by state, those interested should contact their state licensure board. For more information about regulatory licensure boards by state, visit the Association of Social Work Boards.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for social workers? Below we see the distribution of social workers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as social workers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$36K$36K$36K$39K$41K$53K$53K$63K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KNone (1%)High School (6%)Some College (9%)Associate's Degree (6%)Bachelor's Degree (43%)Master's Degree (33%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)Doctorate (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by social workers

This table shows the college majors held by people working as social workers. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Social workers with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
26.1%
$0$200K$48K
17.7%
$0$200K$53K
7.3%
$0$200K$54K
2.2%
$0$200K$70K
1.9%
$0$200K$51K
1.4%
$0$200K$63K
1.3%
$0$200K$56K
1.1%
$0$200K$50K
1.1%
$0$200K$55K
0.9%
$0$200K$60K
0.9%
$0$200K$54K
0.8%
$0$200K$63K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as social workers, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by social workers given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Social workersCounselorsSocial and community service managersElementary and middle school teachersManagers (specialized areas)Therapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersRegistered nursesPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPhysicians and surgeonsHuman resources workersEducation administratorsPolice officersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesPreschool and kindergarten teachersChildcare workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersNurse PractitionersNursing, psychiatric, and home health aidesNurse anesthetistsSocial and human service assistantsCustomer service representativesSecondary school teachersSpecial Education TeachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)EditorsWriters and authorsSocial WorkPsychologySociologyCriminal Justice and FireProtectionFamily and ConsumerSciencesBusiness Management andAdministrationNursingHuman Services andCommunity OrganizationGeneral EducationEnglish Language andLiteratureAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for social workers

What jobs will most social workers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of social workers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Social workersCounselorsSocial and human service assistantsSocial and community service managersRegistered nursesTherapists (specialized areas)Managers (specialized areas)First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersMedical and health services managersPersonal care aides
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for social workers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as social workers as well as 1% of respondents after working as social workers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for social workers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Personal care aides
418,400
$0$200K$22K
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Social and human service assistants
55,700
$0$200K$36K
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
Therapists (specialized areas)
3,000
$0$200K$47K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for social workers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as social workers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of social workers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for social workers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Personal care aides
418,400
$0$200K$22K
1.2%
Registered nurses
203,800
$0$200K$63K
2.9%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.3%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
3.7%
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
52.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
1.2%
Social and human service assistants
55,700
$0$200K$36K
3.4%
Office and administrative support workers
30,900
$0$200K$40K
1.4%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
1.7%
Therapists (specialized areas)
3,000
$0$200K$47K
1.1%
No occupation
5.5%
Read about child, family, and school social workers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Social workers typically do the following:

  • Identify people and communities in need of help
  • Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
  • Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
  • Research, refer, and advocate for community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare to assist and improve a client’s well-being
  • Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse and mental health emergencies
  • Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
  • Maintain case files and records
  • Develop and evaluate programs and services to ensure that basic client needs are met
  • Provide psychotherapy services

Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

Advocacy is an important aspect of social work. Social workers advocate or raise awareness with and on behalf of their clients and the social work profession on local, state, and national levels.

Some social workers—referred to as bachelor’s social workers (BSW)—work with groups, community organizations, and policymakers to develop or improve programs, services, policies, and social conditions. This focus of work is referred to as macro social work.

Social workers who are licensed to diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders are called clinical social workers (CSW) or licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). They provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy; they work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations; and they refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals. Clinical social workers can develop treatment plans with the client, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and may adjust the treatment plan if necessary based on their client’s progress. They may work in a variety of specialties. Clinical social workers who have not completed two years of supervised work are often called master’s social workers (MSW).

The following are examples of types of social workers:

Child and family social workers protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance. They help families find housing or services, such as childcare, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps. They intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse. Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to reunite families.

School social workers work with teachers, parents, and school administrators to develop plans and strategies to improve students’ academic performance and social development. Students and their families are often referred to social workers to deal with problems such as aggressive behavior, bullying, or frequent absences from school.

Healthcare social workers help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or healthcare. For example, they may help people make the transition from the hospital back to their homes and communities. In addition, they may provide information on services, such as home healthcare or support groups, to help patients manage their illness or disease. Social workers help doctors and other healthcare professionals understand the effects that diseases and illnesses have on patients’ mental and emotional health. Some healthcare social workers specialize in geriatric social work, hospice and palliative care, or medical social work.

Mental health and substance abuse social workers help clients with mental illnesses or addictions. They provide information on services, such as support groups and 12-step programs, to help clients cope with their illness. Many clinical social workers function in these roles as well.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of child, family, and school social workers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Clients talk to social workers about challenges in their lives. To provide effective help, social workers must be able to listen to and understand their clients’ needs.
Emotional skills
Social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have patience, compassion, and empathy for their clients.
Interpersonal skills
Social workers need to be able to work with different groups of people. They need strong interpersonal skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.
Organizational skills
Social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.
Problem-solving skills
Social workers need to develop practical and innovative solutions to their clients’ problems.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for child, family, and school social workers
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 54% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for child, family, and school social workers. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for child, family, and school social workers are anticipated to grow by 14% over the next decade; only 13% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for child, family, and school social workers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most child, family, and school social workers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as child, family, and school social workers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all social workers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Child, Family, and School Social Workers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where child, family, and school social workers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for social workers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for social workers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all social workers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Child, Family, and School Social Workers to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which child, family, and school social workers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Social workers (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
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