Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 1,920.
  • Health Care Social Workers in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward earn an average of $98,340 per year or $47.28 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Health Care Social Workers who work in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 1%.

Rankings for San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward

  • Ranks #3 in California for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #3 in the nation for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #19 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $98,340 or $47.28 per hour which is 16% more than the California average salary of $84,690.

AverageSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$47.28$40.7216.11%
Annual Salary$98,340$84,69016.12%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $98,340 or $47.28 per hour which is 57% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardU.S.%
Hourly Wage$47.28$29.9657.81%
Annual Salary$98,340$62,31057.82%
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 Francisco-Oakland-Hayward earns an average annual salary of $83,786 which compares to the California average annual salary of $84,690. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 17% higher than the California average, which means San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 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 Francisco-Oakland-Hayward average salary is $98,340.
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward cost-of-living adjusted salary is $83,786.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward$98,340117.37%$83,786
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 Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $73,860 and $125,410 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 $133,270, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $55,880, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year192Under $55,880
15%2 – 4 years288$55,880 – $73,860
25%5 – 9 years480$73,860 – $96,670
25%10 – 14 years480$96,670 – $125,410
15%15 – 20 years288$96,670 – $133,270
10%20+ years192Above $133,270
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 $98,340, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($129,880), Forensic Psychologists ($126,520), and Psychology Teachers ($115,150).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($65,370), Marriage and Family Therapists ($72,550), Social Workers ($72,750), and School Psychologists ($90,640).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$129,880
Forensic Psychologists$126,520
Psychology Teachers$115,150
Health Care Social Workers$98,340
School Psychologists$90,640
Social Workers$72,750
Marriage and Family Therapists$72,550
Substance Abuse Counselors$65,370
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 1,920.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $98,340 per year or $47.28 per hour in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $83,786 per year or $40 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($129,880), Forensic Psychologists($126,520), Psychology Teachers($115,150).


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