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Associate’s Degrees in Social Work

1,741 Yearly Graduations
$24,300 Median Salary
$13,969 Median Debt
There are 150 colleges and univerities across the nation that offer an associate's degree in social work. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 54% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.3% of social work graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Social Work Majors

In 2018-2019, 1,741 associate's degrees were awarded to social work majors. This earns it the #61 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in social work at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 31,270
Bachelor’s Degree 22,681
Associate’s Degree 1,741
Doctor’s Degree 579
Basic Certificate 545
Graduate Certificate 455
Undergraduate Certificate 228

Earnings of Social Work Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in social work is $24,300. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $21,050 and the high is $28,350.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in social work is $13,969. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $18,478 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,968.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $145.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in social work. About 88.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 203
Women 1,538
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Social Work

The racial-ethnic distribution of social work associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 398
Hispanic or Latino 446
White 716
International Students 22
Other Races/Ethnicities 145
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Social Work Associate's Degree Students

There are 150 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in social work. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

South Texas College

McAllen, Texas
122 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
89% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for social work students seekingan associate's degree is South Texas College. Each year, around 33,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 122 associate's degrees were handed out to social work majors at South Texas College. Around 89% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 93% were women.

#2

Passaic County Community College

Paterson, New Jersey
54 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
70% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Passaic County Community College comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social work. Each year, around 6,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 54 associate's degrees were handed out to social work majors at PCCC. Of these students, 91% were women and 70% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#3

Cumberland County College

Vineland, New Jersey
49 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
67% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Cumberland County College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social work. Each year, around 2,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 49 associate's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Cumberland County College. About 92% of this group were women, and 67% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

Camden County College

Blackwood, New Jersey
47 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Camden County College is the 4th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Roughly 9,700 attend the school each year. The social work program at Camden County College awarded 47 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 89% of this group were women, and 60% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#5

Vincennes University

Vincennes, Indiana
40 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Vincennes University is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Roughly 17,200 attend the school each year. The social work program at Vincennes University awarded 40 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 90% were women.

#6

San Juan College

Farmington, New Mexico
39 Yearly Graduations
82% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Juan College. Each year, around 6,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their associate's degree in social work from SJC. About 82% of this group were women, and 44% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

39 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
64% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Austin Community College District comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social work. Each year, around 41,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 people received their associate's degree in social work from Austin Community College District. About 92% of this group were women, and 64% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#8

Amarillo College

Amarillo, Texas
38 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Amarillo College. Roughly 9,700 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their associate's degree in social work from Amarillo College. Of these students, 92% were women and 50% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Tyler Junior College

Tyler, Texas
38 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
84% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 8th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tyler Junior College. Roughly 12,300 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 people received their associate's degree in social work from Tyler Junior College. Around 84% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 87% were women.

#10

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, Georgia
36 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
69% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for social work majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Georgia Military College. Each year, around 8,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The social work program at Georgia Military College awarded 36 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 89% were women and 69% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Capital Community College

Hartford, Connecticut
35 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Capital Community College is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Each year, around 3,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 people received their associate's degree in social work from Capital Community College. Around 94% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

#12

Stark State College

North Canton, Ohio
33 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Stark State College comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social work. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 33 associate's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Stark State College. About 91% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Brookdale Community College

Lincroft, New Jersey
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Brookdale Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Roughly 11,400 attend the school each year. The social work program at Brookdale Community College awarded 30 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 87% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Bristol Community College

Fall River, Massachusetts
30 Yearly Graduations
87% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Bristol Community College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Each year, around 6,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The social work program at Bristol Community College awarded 30 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 87% were women and 43% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Itawamba Community College

Fulton, Mississippi
29 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
59% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Itawamba Community College is the 15th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 people received their associate's degree in social work from ICC. About 90% of this group were women, and 59% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Tulsa Community College

Tulsa, Oklahoma
28 Yearly Graduations
79% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tulsa Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Roughly 16,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their associate's degree in social work from Tulsa Community College. About 79% of this group were women, and 54% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#16

Holmes Community College

Goodman, Mississippi
28 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
82% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Holmes Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Each year, around 5,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 associate's degrees were handed out to social work majors at Holmes Community College. Around 82% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 89% were women.

#16

Reading Area Community College

Reading, Pennsylvania
28 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Reading Area Community College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Each year, around 4,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 associate's degrees were handed out to social work majors at RACC. Of these students, 96% were women and 57% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#19

Sinclair Community College

Dayton, Ohio
27 Yearly Graduations
93% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Sinclair Community College is the 19th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in social work. Each year, around 18,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The social work program at Sinclair Community College awarded 27 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 93% of this group were women, and 56% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Clark State Community College

Springfield, Ohio
25 Yearly Graduations
80% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clark State Community College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in social work. Each year, around 5,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 25 people received their associate's degree in social work from Clark State Community College. About 80% of this group were women, and 40% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to social work that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Human Services 4,381
Community Organization & Advocacy 507
Public Administration 138
Other Public Administration 63
Public Policy 3

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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