Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 720.
  • Health Care Social Workers in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara earn an average of $105,600 per year or $50.77 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Health Care Social Workers who work in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is less than 1%.

Rankings for San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

  • Ranks #1 in California for salary and #3 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #6 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #1 in the nation for salary and #5 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #50 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $105,600 or $50.77 per hour which is 24% more than the California average salary of $84,690.

AverageSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$50.77$40.7224.68%
Annual Salary$105,600$84,69024.69%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $105,600 or $50.77 per hour which is 69% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraU.S.%
Hourly Wage$50.77$29.9669.46%
Annual Salary$105,600$62,31069.48%
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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara earns an average annual salary of $94,185 which compares to the California average annual salary of $84,690. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 12% higher than the California average, which means San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara average salary is $105,600.
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara cost-of-living adjusted salary is $94,185.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara$105,600112.12%$94,185
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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $77,460 and $127,620 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 $158,160, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $61,610, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year72Under $61,610
15%2 – 4 years108$61,610 – $77,460
25%5 – 9 years180$77,460 – $99,200
25%10 – 14 years180$99,200 – $127,620
15%15 – 20 years108$99,200 – $158,160
10%20+ years72Above $158,160
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 $105,600, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($134,200).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($70,130), Substance Abuse Counselors ($74,560), Social Workers ($76,500), Forensic Psychologists ($100,300), and School Psychologists ($102,070).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$134,200
Health Care Social Workers$105,600
School Psychologists$102,070
Forensic Psychologists$100,300
Social Workers$76,500
Substance Abuse Counselors$74,560
Marriage and Family Therapists$70,130
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 720.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $105,600 per year or $50.77 per hour in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $94,185 per year or $45 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($134,200), Health Care Social Workers($105,600), School Psychologists($102,070).


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