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Do social workers really not make any money?

I want to be a social worker but everyone says social workers don't make any money. #social #worker


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Debbie Yoro’s Answer

It depends on where you work. I believe state positions (Child Protective Servcies or Adult Protective Services, etc.) have a decent salary and benefits. Other higher paid social workers are in the healthcare field and mental health. I know social workers who do private practice therapy who make over $100/hr. With experience, one can have a salary in the $30-$40/hr. It's often necessary to transition to another job if you want to negotiate a higher salary. I left a 15 year position after not getting a raise for two years. When you are offered a new job, that's the time to ask for more money. Easier to do this in a bigger city where there are jobs and therefore better mobility to move up the pay scale.

Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:

Always ask for more money. don't make any excuses not to. SWs don't usually ask for more money (one reason why pay is lower). It hurts me to see a job ad listed for a MSW (masters level) that only pays $25/hours.
If you go into this field, be very clear about your values. If you value having expensive purses, clothes and expensive shoes (or other material items that might not contribute to your quality of life--not judging) then maybe you might not be happy with a SW salary.

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Kim’s Answer

yes, unfortunately, that is correct.
Currently paying $12-$13 hour for most positions, with a bachelor's degree.
You also do a lot of stuff you had no idea about having to do. What I mean is, the job is not really about helping people. It is about doing whatever you can to get your quota for the week/month/quarter, etc. It is not anything like what most people expect to be doing.


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Yvette’s Answer

The pay is very low. It also depends on the company and field. I know people who are making 50k in social work with just their bachelors two years after graduating. Also, depending on where you live the salary for social workers could be hard to survive on.


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Wael’s Answer

Check the link below for social workers pay in the states.


http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Social_Worker/Salary


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