In this economy, employment opportunities are of a key concern to the livelihood of society members. However for social work, projections based on U.S. Department of Labor indicate a positive outlook.

Social Work positions are expected to grow between the years of 2010 to 2020. This projection is faster than the average for all occupations, which is only at 14% for the nation. Social work employment growth is expected to vary depending on position, but shows an above average projection for all areas in the report below.


United States Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Social Worker Employment Projections

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Social Workers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm (visited August 30, 2013).

Social workers at the baccalaureate, master, and doctorate educational levels work in a multitude of service settings. These variations provide for a diverse picture of compensation for social work in society. Below are data from the United States Department of Labor and a study on compensation completed by the National Association of Social Workers. These numbers provide a general idea for annual monetary compensation for social work professionals.


United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Employment Statistics - Illinois

United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Employment Statistics- United States

The data above is based on a combination of all identified social workers in the noted occupation sections including educational levels at the baccalaureate, master, and doctorate levels.


**Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by 2080 hours; where an hourly mean wage is not published the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

United States Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2012). Occupational employment statistics [Data file]. Available from http://www.bls.gov/oes/home.htm


National Association of Social Workers

2009 Compensation and Benefits Study

Base Pay According to Social Work Degree – United States

The data above is a national representation sample of 22,000 NASW social work members.

National Association of Social Workers. (2010). 2009 Compensation & benefits study, summary of key compensation findings. Available from http://workforce.socialworkers.org/8-SalarySurvey.pdf