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What Does it Take to Be a Social Worker?

Social Worker Definition All social workers not listed separately.

  • Settlement Worker
  • Intake Coordinator
  • Solicitor
  • Case Worker
  • Field Reporter

Social Worker Job Outlook

There were about 64,000 jobs for Social Worker in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.3% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,300 new jobs for Social Worker by 2026. The BLS estimates 7,200 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Social Worker are Arizona, Colorado, and Connecticut. Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, South Dakota, or Rhode Island. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Social Worker Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Social Workers is somewhere between $35,310 and $90,490.


Social Workers who work in Hawaii, District of Columbia, or Nevada, make the highest salaries.

How much do Social Workers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $59,860
Alaska $70,540
Arizona $61,130
Arkansas $49,680
California $72,200
Colorado $54,600
Connecticut $65,230
Delaware $60,780
District of Columbia $82,900
Florida $64,810
Georgia $67,630
Hawaii $81,790
Idaho $70,610
Illinois $61,640
Indiana $65,010
Iowa $61,460
Kansas $55,610
Kentucky $58,050
Louisiana $57,380
Maine $52,360
Maryland $67,810
Massachusetts $75,340
Michigan $60,120
Minnesota $64,300
Mississippi $55,420
Missouri $59,730
Montana $43,980
Nebraska $61,120
Nevada $75,020
New Hampshire $70,920
New Jersey $68,630
New Mexico $58,430
New York $67,120
North Carolina $57,310
North Dakota $59,510
Ohio $51,490
Oklahoma $59,250
Oregon $52,750
Pennsylvania $64,260
Rhode Island $75,710
South Carolina $45,610
South Dakota $71,330
Tennessee $52,540
Texas $69,070
Utah $50,900
Vermont $66,180
Virginia $69,650
Washington $73,180
West Virginia $69,700
Wisconsin $55,950
Wyoming $56,620

Who Employs Social Workers?


The table below shows the approximate number of Social Workers employed by various industries.



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