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Life As a Social Worker

Career Description All social workers not listed separately.

  • Group Home Worker
  • Membership Secretary
  • Criminal Justice Social Worker
  • Traveling Representative
  • Forensic Social Worker

Is There Going to be Demand for Social Workers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 64,000 jobs in the United States for Social Worker. 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. There will be an estimated 7,200 positions for Social Worker per year.


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

Social Workers make between $35,310 and $90,490 a year.


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

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Social Workers 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

Where Social Workers Work


Social Workers work in the following industries:



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