Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Durham-Chapel Hill is 330.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Durham-Chapel Hill earn an average of $66,560 per year or $32.00 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Carolina Health Care Social Workers who work in Durham-Chapel Hill is 11%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Durham-Chapel Hill is less than 1%.

Rankings for Durham-Chapel Hill

  • Ranks #2 in North Carolina for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in North Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #68 in the nation for salary and #205 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #88 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Carolina

Durham-Chapel Hill Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $66,560 or $32.00 per hour which is 6% more than the North Carolina average salary of $62,540.

AverageDurham-Chapel HillNorth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$32$30.076.42%
Annual Salary$66,560$62,5406.43%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Durham-Chapel Hill Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $66,560 or $32.00 per hour which is 6% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageDurham-Chapel HillU.S.%
Hourly Wage$32$29.966.81%
Annual Salary$66,560$62,3106.82%
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 Durham-Chapel Hill earns an average annual salary of $70,937 which compares to the North Carolina average annual salary of $62,540. per year.

Cost-of-living in Durham-Chapel Hill is 6% less than the North Carolina average, which means Durham-Chapel Hill residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to North Carolina average.

  • North Carolina average salary is $62,540.
  • North Carolina cost-of-living adjusted salary is $68,097.
  • Durham-Chapel Hill average salary is $66,560.
  • Durham-Chapel Hill cost-of-living adjusted salary is $70,937.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Durham-Chapel Hill$66,56093.83%$70,937
North Carolina$62,54091.84%$68,097
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 Durham-Chapel Hill, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $60,360 and $76,920 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 $77,460, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $49,940, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year33Under $49,940
15%2 – 4 years50$49,940 – $60,360
25%5 – 9 years82$60,360 – $60,920
25%10 – 14 years82$60,920 – $76,920
15%15 – 20 years50$60,920 – $77,460
10%20+ years33Above $77,460
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 $66,560, Durham-Chapel Hill Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($102,000), and Forensic Psychologists ($72,710).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($48,650), Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,930), Social Workers ($60,400), and School Psychologists ($66,520).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$102,000
Forensic Psychologists$72,710
Health Care Social Workers$66,560
School Psychologists$66,520
Social Workers$60,400
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,930
Marriage and Family Therapists$48,650
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Durham-Chapel Hill Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Durham-Chapel Hill is 330.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $66,560 per year or $32.00 per hour in Durham-Chapel Hill.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Durham-Chapel Hill Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $70,937 per year or $34 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Durham-Chapel Hill are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($102,000), Forensic Psychologists($72,710), Health Care Social Workers($66,560).


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