Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Columbia is 430.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Columbia earn an average of $56,370 per year or $27.10 per hour.
  • The percentage of South Carolina Health Care Social Workers who work in Columbia is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Columbia is less than 1%.

Rankings for Columbia

  • Ranks #2 in South Carolina for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in South Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #256 in the nation for salary and #309 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #69 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to South Carolina

Columbia Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $56,370 or $27.10 per hour which is almost same as South Carolina average salary of $56,870.

AverageColumbiaSouth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$27.10$27.34-0.88%
Annual Salary$56,370$56,870-0.88%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Columbia Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $56,370 or $27.10 per hour which is 9% less than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageColumbiaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$27.10$29.96-9.55%
Annual Salary$56,370$62,310-9.53%
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 Columbia earns an average annual salary of $61,735 which compares to the South Carolina average annual salary of $56,870. per year.

Cost-of-living in Columbia is 9% less than the South Carolina average, which means Columbia 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.
  • Columbia average salary is $56,370.
  • Columbia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $61,735.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Columbia$56,37091.31%$61,735
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 Columbia, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $47,500 and $63,480 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 $77,280, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $37,390, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year43Under $37,390
15%2 – 4 years64$37,390 – $47,500
25%5 – 9 years108$47,500 – $59,240
25%10 – 14 years108$59,240 – $63,480
15%15 – 20 years64$59,240 – $77,280
10%20+ years43Above $77,280
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 $56,370, Columbia Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($107,010), Forensic Psychologists ($87,630), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($83,060), and School Psychologists ($68,380).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($41,810), and Social Workers ($48,100).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$107,010
Forensic Psychologists$87,630
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$83,060
School Psychologists$68,380
Health Care Social Workers$56,370
Social Workers$48,100
Substance Abuse Counselors$41,810
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Columbia Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Columbia is 430.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $56,370 per year or $27.10 per hour in Columbia.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Columbia Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $61,735 per year or $30 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Columbia are Psychology Teachers($107,010), Forensic Psychologists($87,630), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($83,060).


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