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.
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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.
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.