Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Charleston-North Charleston is 350.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Charleston-North Charleston earn an average of $63,400 per year or $30.48 per hour.
  • The percentage of South Carolina Health Care Social Workers who work in Charleston-North Charleston is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Charleston-North Charleston is less than 1%.

Rankings for Charleston-North Charleston

  • Ranks #1 in South Carolina for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in South Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #106 in the nation for salary and #112 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #82 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to South Carolina

Charleston-North Charleston Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $63,400 or $30.48 per hour which is 11% more than the South Carolina average salary of $56,870.

AverageCharleston-North CharlestonSouth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$30.48$27.3411.49%
Annual Salary$63,400$56,87011.48%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Charleston-North Charleston Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $63,400 or $30.48 per hour which is 1% more than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageCharleston-North CharlestonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$30.48$29.961.74%
Annual Salary$63,400$62,3101.75%
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 Charleston-North Charleston earns an average annual salary of $64,926 which compares to the South Carolina average annual salary of $56,870. per year.

Cost-of-living in Charleston-North Charleston is 2% less than the South Carolina average, which means Charleston-North Charleston residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to South Carolina average.

  • South Carolina average salary is $56,870.
  • South Carolina cost-of-living adjusted salary is $62,051.
  • Charleston-North Charleston average salary is $63,400.
  • Charleston-North Charleston cost-of-living adjusted salary is $64,926.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Charleston-North Charleston$63,40097.65%$64,926
South Carolina$56,87091.65%$62,051
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 Charleston-North Charleston, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $50,930 and $76,600 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 $81,230, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $42,190, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year35Under $42,190
15%2 – 4 years52$42,190 – $50,930
25%5 – 9 years88$50,930 – $63,720
25%10 – 14 years88$63,720 – $76,600
15%15 – 20 years52$63,720 – $81,230
10%20+ years35Above $81,230
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 $63,400, Charleston-North Charleston Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($74,280).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($48,570), and Social Workers ($48,640).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$74,280
Health Care Social Workers$63,400
Social Workers$48,640
Substance Abuse Counselors$48,570
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Charleston-North Charleston Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Charleston-North Charleston is 350.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $63,400 per year or $30.48 per hour in Charleston-North Charleston.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Charleston-North Charleston Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $64,926 per year or $31 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Charleston-North Charleston are School Psychologists($74,280), Health Care Social Workers($63,400), Social Workers($48,640).


Additional Salary Reports for Health Care Social Workers in South Carolina cities and Metros and U.S. States.

Official Data Sources for Health Care Social Workers: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data