Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in San Diego-Carlsbad is 1,070.
  • Health Care Social Workers in San Diego-Carlsbad earn an average of $76,400 per year or $36.73 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Health Care Social Workers who work in San Diego-Carlsbad is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in San Diego-Carlsbad is 1%.

Rankings for San Diego-Carlsbad

  • Ranks #17 in California for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #24 in the nation for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #34 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Diego-Carlsbad Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $76,400 or $36.73 per hour which is 9% less than the California average salary of $84,690.

AverageSan Diego-CarlsbadCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$36.73$40.72-9.80%
Annual Salary$76,400$84,690-9.79%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Diego-Carlsbad Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $76,400 or $36.73 per hour which is 22% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageSan Diego-CarlsbadU.S.%
Hourly Wage$36.73$29.9622.60%
Annual Salary$76,400$62,31022.61%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

When adjusted for cost-of-living, Health Care Social Workers in San Diego-Carlsbad earns an average annual salary of $67,378 which compares to the California average annual salary of $84,690. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Diego-Carlsbad is 13% higher than the California average, which means San Diego-Carlsbad residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to California average.

  • California average salary is $84,690.
  • California cost-of-living adjusted salary is $76,726.
  • San Diego-Carlsbad average salary is $76,400.
  • San Diego-Carlsbad cost-of-living adjusted salary is $67,378.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Diego-Carlsbad$76,400113.39%$67,378
California$84,690110.38%$76,726
U.S.$62,310$62,310
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Ranges for Education and Experience

In San Diego-Carlsbad, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $49,940 and $99,080 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn more than $116,600, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $40,820, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year107Under $40,820
15%2 – 4 years160$40,820 – $49,940
25%5 – 9 years268$49,940 – $77,470
25%10 – 14 years268$77,470 – $99,080
15%15 – 20 years160$77,470 – $116,600
10%20+ years107Above $116,600
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $76,400, San Diego-Carlsbad Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($136,630), Psychology Teachers ($110,410), Forensic Psychologists ($105,610), and School Psychologists ($97,320).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($52,340), Substance Abuse Counselors ($53,090), and Social Workers ($59,790).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$136,630
Psychology Teachers$110,410
Forensic Psychologists$105,610
School Psychologists$97,320
Health Care Social Workers$76,400
Social Workers$59,790
Substance Abuse Counselors$53,090
Marriage and Family Therapists$52,340
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Diego-Carlsbad Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in San Diego-Carlsbad is 1,070.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $76,400 per year or $36.73 per hour in San Diego-Carlsbad.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Diego-Carlsbad Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $67,378 per year or $32 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Diego-Carlsbad are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($136,630), Psychology Teachers($110,410), Forensic Psychologists($105,610).


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