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Healthcare Social Workers in California

Want to work in California as a Healthcare Social Worker? Read this first!

20.9% Jobs Projection
$73,970 Median Salary
2,000 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Healthcare Social Workers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Healthcare Social Workers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Healthcare Social Workers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Healthcare Social Workers Work in California?

There were approximately 18,600 workers employed as Healthcare Social Workers in this state in 2018.

There were 18,150 Healthcare Social Workers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 450 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Healthcare Social Workers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 1,940 Healthcare Social Workers working in it, which means California has more Healthcare Social Workers than average.

Healthcare Social Workers in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Healthcare Social Workers in this state are growing at a rate of 20.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 20.1%.

Job Projections for Healthcare Social Workers: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 2,000 annual job openings, and 18,500 total jobs in 2026 for Healthcare Social Workers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 22,900 annual jobs and 212,000 total jobs in 2026.

What do Healthcare Social Workers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Healthcare Social Workers ranged from $41,350 to $117,950 with $73,970 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $19.88 to $56.71. The median hourly rate was $35.57.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $34.23 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $1.34.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Healthcare Social Workers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Healthcare Social Workers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Healthcare Social Workers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 7,290 $76,660
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,830 $76,230
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 1,430 $75,400
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,280 $65,820
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 1,230 $64,340
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 1,010 $79,530
Fresno, CA 450 $71,510
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 380 $59,170
Modesto, CA 280 $77,480
Bakersfield, CA 280 $80,150
Santa Rosa, CA 180 $79,220
Stockton-Lodi, CA 170 $59,170
Salinas, CA 160 $78,010
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 140 $69,130
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 120 $80,070
Chico, CA 110 $64,170
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 110 $70,950
Visalia-Porterville, CA 70 $69,210
Merced, CA 70 $66,590
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 $85,490
El Centro, CA 60 $48,970

Top States for Healthcare Social Workers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Healthcare Social Workers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 18,600 $73,970
New York 13,290 $60,910
Florida 10,660 $49,280
Massachusetts 10,040 $61,460
Texas 9,830 $57,190
Pennsylvania 7,560 $52,630
Ohio 7,120 $53,530
Illinois 5,750 $50,880
Missouri 5,680 $43,600
Michigan 5,400 $55,720
Indiana 5,320 $49,300
Maryland 5,090 $56,510
Washington 3,900 $59,920
Minnesota 3,850 $58,220
Virginia 3,720 $55,580
Georgia 3,550 $52,660
North Carolina 3,340 $53,600
Wisconsin 3,330 $52,410
Tennessee 3,260 $50,020
Colorado 3,130 $50,500

Below are the states where Healthcare Social Workers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $73,970
Alaska $72,070
District of Columbia $71,220
Connecticut $71,120
Nevada $70,200
Oregon $69,720
Hawaii $64,710
New Hampshire $64,560
New Jersey $62,900
Utah $62,050

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Occupation CA Employment Total
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 31,290
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 14,840


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