Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is 110.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Santa Cruz-Watsonville earn an average of $80,990 per year or $38.94 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Health Care Social Workers who work in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is less than 1%.

Rankings for Santa Cruz-Watsonville

  • Ranks #12 in California for salary and #11 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #18 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #12 in the nation for salary and #16 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #264 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $80,990 or $38.94 per hour which is 4% less than the California average salary of $84,690.

AverageSanta Cruz-WatsonvilleCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$38.94$40.72-4.37%
Annual Salary$80,990$84,690-4.37%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $80,990 or $38.94 per hour which is 29% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageSanta Cruz-WatsonvilleU.S.%
Hourly Wage$38.94$29.9629.97%
Annual Salary$80,990$62,31029.98%
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 Santa Cruz-Watsonville earns an average annual salary of $74,018 which compares to the California average annual salary of $84,690. per year.

Cost-of-living in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is 9% higher than the California average, which means Santa Cruz-Watsonville 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.
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville average salary is $80,990.
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville cost-of-living adjusted salary is $74,018.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Santa Cruz-Watsonville$80,990109.42%$74,018
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 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $51,250 and $103,840 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 $132,690, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $39,160, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year11Under $39,160
15%2 – 4 years16$39,160 – $51,250
25%5 – 9 years28$51,250 – $80,730
25%10 – 14 years28$80,730 – $103,840
15%15 – 20 years16$80,730 – $132,690
10%20+ years11Above $132,690
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 $80,990, Santa Cruz-Watsonville Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($101,310), and School Psychologists ($95,160).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,150), Marriage and Family Therapists ($68,060), and Social Workers ($69,210).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$101,310
School Psychologists$95,160
Health Care Social Workers$80,990
Social Workers$69,210
Marriage and Family Therapists$68,060
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,150
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Santa Cruz-Watsonville Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is 110.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $80,990 per year or $38.94 per hour in Santa Cruz-Watsonville.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Santa Cruz-Watsonville Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $74,018 per year or $36 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Santa Cruz-Watsonville are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($101,310), School Psychologists($95,160), Health Care Social Workers($80,990).


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