Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 140.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara earn an average of $77,980 per year or $37.49 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Health Care Social Workers who work in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is less than 1%.

Rankings for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara

  • Ranks #16 in California for salary and #8 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #14 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #21 in the nation for salary and #12 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #229 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $77,980 or $37.49 per hour which is 7% less than the California average salary of $84,690.

AverageSanta Maria-Santa BarbaraCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$37.49$40.72-7.93%
Annual Salary$77,980$84,690-7.92%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $77,980 or $37.49 per hour which is 25% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageSanta Maria-Santa BarbaraU.S.%
Hourly Wage$37.49$29.9625.13%
Annual Salary$77,980$62,31025.15%
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 Maria-Santa Barbara earns an average annual salary of $70,878 which compares to the California average annual salary of $84,690. per year.

Cost-of-living in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 10% higher than the California average, which means Santa Maria-Santa Barbara 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 Maria-Santa Barbara average salary is $77,980.
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara cost-of-living adjusted salary is $70,878.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara$77,980110.02%$70,878
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 Maria-Santa Barbara, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $61,690 and $98,470 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 $100,700, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $49,040, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year14Under $49,040
15%2 – 4 years21$49,040 – $61,690
25%5 – 9 years35$61,690 – $77,860
25%10 – 14 years35$77,860 – $98,470
15%15 – 20 years21$77,860 – $100,700
10%20+ years14Above $100,700
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 $77,980, Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($98,460), and School Psychologists ($95,540).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,550), Social Workers ($55,060), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($58,750).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$98,460
School Psychologists$95,540
Health Care Social Workers$77,980
Marriage and Family Therapists$58,750
Social Workers$55,060
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,550
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 140.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $77,980 per year or $37.49 per hour in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $70,878 per year or $34 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($98,460), School Psychologists($95,540), Health Care Social Workers($77,980).


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