Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Knoxville is 800.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Knoxville earn an average of $47,410 per year or $22.79 per hour.
  • The percentage of Tennessee Health Care Social Workers who work in Knoxville is 11%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Knoxville is less than 1%.

Rankings for Knoxville

  • Ranks #4 in Tennessee for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in Tennessee for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #467 in the nation for salary and #291 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #47 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Tennessee

Knoxville Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $47,410 or $22.79 per hour which is 10% less than the Tennessee average salary of $52,920.

AverageKnoxvilleTennessee% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.79$25.44-10.42%
Annual Salary$47,410$52,920-10.41%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Knoxville Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $47,410 or $22.79 per hour which is 23% less than the U.S. average salary of $62,310.

AverageKnoxvilleU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.79$29.96-23.93%
Annual Salary$47,410$62,310-23.91%
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 Knoxville earns an average annual salary of $51,724 which compares to the Tennessee average annual salary of $52,920. per year.

Cost-of-living in Knoxville is 8% less than the Tennessee average, which means Knoxville residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Tennessee average.

  • Tennessee average salary is $52,920.
  • Tennessee cost-of-living adjusted salary is $57,428.
  • Knoxville average salary is $47,410.
  • Knoxville cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,724.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Knoxville$47,41091.66%$51,724
Tennessee$52,92092.15%$57,428
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 Knoxville, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $30,950 and $60,780 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 $74,290, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $29,010, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year80Under $29,010
15%2 – 4 years120$29,010 – $30,950
25%5 – 9 years200$30,950 – $47,310
25%10 – 14 years200$47,310 – $60,780
15%15 – 20 years120$47,310 – $74,290
10%20+ years80Above $74,290
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 $47,410, Knoxville Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($93,440), Psychology Teachers ($81,690), and School Psychologists ($68,950).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($39,120), Marriage and Family Therapists ($41,460), and Social Workers ($45,160).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$93,440
Psychology Teachers$81,690
School Psychologists$68,950
Health Care Social Workers$47,410
Social Workers$45,160
Marriage and Family Therapists$41,460
Substance Abuse Counselors$39,120
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Knoxville Health Care Social Workers

The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Knoxville is 800.

Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $47,410 per year or $22.79 per hour in Knoxville.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Knoxville Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $51,724 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Knoxville are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($93,440), Psychology Teachers($81,690), School Psychologists($68,950).


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