How much $$$ does a Social Worker make?

Mount Vernon, KY

#21 Aug 19, 2010
well the state has to pay for children to be in foster care, so i dont see how they are making money there...

Winfield, TN

#22 Aug 21, 2010
in the dcbs manual in it is available online to look at it will tell you the facts on the money
Social worker in KY

Waco, KY

#23 May 7, 2011
I work for the state and have for two and a half years with only a bachelors but lots of experience. now and I am making 50k plus gas checks in between paydays for every mile traveled. I got hired in at a higher level with the state (Social service Clinican) same thing but more money, if it were not from that I would probaly be making about 36-38k with no experience and entry level job. I am not gonna say it is not stressful but the reward is so worth it if you truly have love for ppl. You should know landing a state job is VERY competitive so you will need to get experience and to be honest probaly know someone. also benifits and retirement are very good with the state. and you work monday-friday normally 8-4:30 but after you are there a while they let you choose to come in later but still work the same hours. Also you get alot of raises fairly quickly due to having alot of case loads and work. In two and a half years not counting my annual raise I have got 4 seperate ones. You get to retire in 27 years and will draw bug bucks with state retirement. It is a job for someone who truly loves people and wants to help others. also I work in the office with a girl thats has been there for twenty years she is in a higher position then me and makes in the 70's so it is not bad money that is a myth. Hospitals pay ok to but the retirement and things dont compare to the state, in ky a social workers best job is the state. Good luck hope I helped.

Russell Springs, KY

#24 May 7, 2011
I am in the human services program at the University of Phoenix online. The work is really hard, and the pay for a social worker is a joke. I am currently looking to change my major after I read about how employers and other schools feel about a UoP degree. Basically, you end up with an expensive piece of paper.

I know a lady who works as a counselor at a mental health facility and makes a little more than 40k per year. She has a master's degree.

Don't do it for the money, because there isn't much in it. Don't go through the University of Phoenix, because no one will take you seriously.

Delaware, OH

#25 Jun 27, 2011
Interested wrote:
Thought about going to school for this, but I wanted to know how much they make. Like say for instance at the Cabinet for Health & Families Dept., etc.
26 to 30.000 and no raises the gov stopped that.

Delaware, OH

#26 Jun 27, 2011
Wishing you the best wrote:
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Check the state salaries data base and you will see that the median salary is $36,000. The start is about 23,000 give or take.
That to pull you in. I wk for the State 15 yrs and I make 35.000 run don't walk.
Tiana Washington

Chicago, IL

#27 Aug 29, 2011
i wanna be a social wrker. bt after reading all of the badd things ima have to think twice...lols. but i love helping ppl. soooo ima have to make it wrk..smles}}

Somerset, KY

#28 Aug 29, 2011
Most of the social workers in community mental health (Adanta) are recent graduates with minimal experience or wash outs. They are paid less than state employees. The pay scale for the clinical social workers at Rivendell Hospital (Bowling Green) is surprisingly low and there's tons of politics..........almost as bad as working for the state. Working for a home health agency would be very rewarding as you would primarily be helping the elderly but the pay stinks. Good luck.

Somerset, KY

#29 Sep 13, 2011
They make to much. You cannot get them to do anything. The whole Social Worker field should be abolished, especially in Somerset.

Somerset, KY

#30 Sep 13, 2011
Social Workers are useless, especially in Somerset

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Since: Jul 10

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#31 Sep 13, 2011
Tianna have you cosidered teaching? The money is not much better but the hours are great with plenty of time off. If money is a primary factor I suppose Nursing would be your best bet.

Thanks for letting people know about University of Phoenix.
Future Social Worker

Charlotte, NC

#32 Sep 23, 2011
Retired Social Worker wrote:
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The MYTH of a Social WOrker lieing to fill their pockets is a MYTH. A SW doesnt et more money because a id stays in care or is adopt as is the MYTH.The only way you can add to your salary is another year or further your education in the field. I know, I am retired from CFC with 26 years of service.
If they start at 32K it is a huge raise from what they started at when I retired 2 years ago.
Do not go into Social Work find another major, you never make anyone happy in that field. Rewards are few and far between.
It shouldnt matter about the money and you shouldnt care about making someone happy. I want to be a social worker but it isnt to "make" anyone happy. Yes, if a child is being hurt and abused, i want to make them happy and make sure they are not hurt any more than they already have been. But most likely if they are young they are not going to understand and they will most likely hate you. I want to do it, to make sure that the child isnt being hurt any more. It will make me happy in a since of knowing that the child will no longer be hurt, and later on down the road the child will be happy that they are no longer being hurt and is loved by someone else who cares. If someone is a good social worker, they would do whatever it takes to make sure that the child is happy and bruise free. It is also depending on what kind of social worker. There are different ones.
Trijah MC Beath

Pascagoula, MS

#34 Aug 16, 2012
Carrie wrote:
There's a big differnce in pay between a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and a Masters. You really need a Masters in Social Work (MSW) to have decent job opportunities. In California, MSWs are paid very well. Medical Social Work in particular has excellent pay and benefits. I'm a social worker in a hospital, got my masters in SW in 2001. I earn $80,000 a year.
Hi!DO you mind emailing me at [email protected] I have some questions about social work; because that's my major right now. I was looking to move to Cali one day.

United States

#35 Sep 29, 2012
Being a social worker takes great dedication of working with all different kinds of people and loving your job , being able to help children and adults to become prospective citizen and for them to regain their happiness. Social workers needs to love and care about peoples needs in order for them to be successful .

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#36 Sep 29, 2012
Interested wrote:
Thought about going to school for this, but I wanted to know how much they make. Like say for instance at the Cabinet for Health & Families Dept., etc.
They in no way get paid what they should get,from what I'v heard etc their vastly underpaid to do a job which is les than pleasnt to say the very least
Small Town Princess

Somerset, KY

#37 Oct 5, 2012
I don't want to say too much but I will say I can offer an experienced opinion on this. The money is not there if you are looking for a highly lucrative career path. However I have to say that even though I classify my job as high stress I do really cherish that I can go out and try to help people each day. It is fufilling to know you were involved in something that helped someone. The previous posters were right though very few people are appreciative. I do it because I love people and that makes my job a lot easier.

Calexico, CA

#38 Nov 8, 2012
any degree you get yourself into pays high and low so I wouldnt trust the online statistics because they are not always right. Any job needs experience and most jobs pay around the same pay unless you are going into medical, being a doctor or even into accounting, but even accounting pays as low as 12 an hr with a BA without many years of experience, so I say be what cathes your heart because in the long run, you will make money and make a decent pay. Im getting my undergrad in child development and a masters in social worker, I believe I will make a great living with my degree after time and experience. Hope this helps a little.

Hilton Head Island, SC

#39 Nov 11, 2012
Interested wrote:
Thought about going to school for this, but I wanted to know how much they make. Like say for instance at the Cabinet for Health & Families Dept., etc.
Well, Interested. Your question was posted in 2010 and now it's 2012. So I know I am very late responding to this. I can only hope and pray you are on your way to a great life in what ever it is you want to do. But, as many others has said, do what your heart tell you to do. For if you follow your heart the rest will follow. My Sister Just got her Masters in SW. Now working on her very first job (in her field) as a SW. She loves it and to my knowledge she is getting paid starting out 36k! She is 23 yrs old! To me that's not bad at all. Especially with how many are still waiting on a job or working a job that is not even in their field...At a much lower pay rate. Yes there will be stress on any job(my opinion) but, when you are doing something you love the stress turns into just a challenge. That you will by the way overcome. Good Luck
Kacy James

Frankford, DE

#40 Mar 4, 2013
lohmm wrote:
I was heard a social worker makes extra money for every child they can keep in foster or state care,social service workers are not very good around here you will find a few who really care.I truly dont know how some lay there head down at night and go to sleep.
Social workers have some of the hardest jobs you can think of. You are in no place to judge what the social worker does. They have so many rules and regulations to follow. They do not get paid based off of keeping or removing kids, that is the most ridiculous and to be honest, stupidest thing. Straight uneducated is what you are.

Bronx, NY

#41 Mar 12, 2013
i have a BA in SW and its hard to find a good paying job with just a BA, so i got my MSW and i get paid 55,000 starting off in a hospital.

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