Average salary of social workers

Written by sara cole
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

The field of social work can be both rewarding and challenging. However, the salary of a social worker tends to be below those in most other professions.

BSW Average Salary

A BSW social worker is someone with an undergraduate degree. According to Salary.com's Certified Compensation Professionals', the average BSW salary is £28,744. The 25th percentile is £26, 252 and the 75th percentile is £31,683.

MSW Average Salary

A MSW social worker is someone with her Masters in Social Work, and on average will earn more than someone with a BSW. According to Salary.com's profile, the average MSW salary £33,558. The 25th percentile is £30,643 and the 75th percentile is £36,474

Social Work Salary Compared to Other Proffesions

According to Indeed.com, the average social work salary is 18 per cent lower than the average salary in America.


The national average salary does not take into consideration personalised factors such as experience, gender, location or field, which can greatly skew the numbers. In general:

  • Female social work salaries are lower than male salaries.

  • South Central social work salaries are the lowest; Pacific region salaries are the highest.

  • Social work salaries in rural areas are much lower than in Metropolitan areas.

  • Social workers with 11-15 and 26-50 clients average the lowest incomes; social workers who do not have caseloads earn the most.

  • Private non-profit offer the lowest salaries. Private practice has the highest.

  • A £272 salary increase can be expected for each year of experience.

Personalised Report

For a more accurate picture of what you can expect for a social work salary use Salary.com's Personal Salary Report, which will generate an average salary based on your personalised factors. Please note that you will have to pay to view the report.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.