Salary Report for Washington Health Care Social Workers

  • The number of Health Care Social Workers currently employed in Washington is 4,040.
  • Health Care Social Workers in Washington earn an average of $71,800 per year or $34.52 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Health Care Social Workers who work in Washington is 2%.
  • Washington will need 5,230 new Health Care Social Workers by 2030 or 580 new psychologists per year.

Washington Rankings

  • Washington ranks #7 in the U.S. for Health Care Social Workers salary and #7 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Washington ranks #15 in the U.S. for the total number of Health Care Social Workers employed.
  • Washington ranks #13 in U.S. for the number of new Health Care Social Workers needed by 2030.
  • Washington ranks #22 in U.S. for the percentage of new Health Care Social Workers needed by 2030.

Compare Washington to U.S.

Washington Health Care Social Workers earn an average of $71,800 which is 15% more than the national average salary of $62,310.

TypeWashingtonU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$34.52$29.9615.22%
Average Annual Salary$71,800$62,31015.23%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Washington, 50% of Health Care Social Workers earn between $58,780 and $81,040 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 $99,060, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Health Care Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Health Care Social Workers earn under $47,430, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Health Care Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year404Under $47,430
15%2 – 4 years606$47,430 – $58,780
25%5 – 9 years1,010$58,780 – $77,240
25%10 – 14 years1,010$77,240 – $81,040
15%15 – 20 years606$77,240 – $99,060
10%20+ years404Above $99,060
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Health Care Social Workers in Washington psychologists earn about $66,878 per year which is more than the average U.S. psychologist of $62,310.

Cost-of-living in Washington is 7% higher than the national average, which means Washington residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Health Care Social Workers is $62,310.
  • Average Washington Health Care Social Workers salary is $71,800.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Washington Health Care Social Workers earn an average salary of $66,878.

More cost-of-living reports for U.S. States.

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $71,800, Washington Health Care Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($105,640), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($103,190), School Psychologists ($95,780), and Psychology Teachers ($74,460).

However, Health Care Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($49,220), Substance Abuse Counselors ($56,500), and Social Workers ($60,230).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$105,640
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$103,190
School Psychologists$95,780
Psychology Teachers$74,460
Health Care Social Workers$71,800
Social Workers$60,230
Substance Abuse Counselors$56,500
Marriage and Family Therapists$49,220
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Projected Demand for Psychologists in 2030

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that in Washington the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (34,160), Social Workers (9,840) and Health Care Social Workers (5,230).

The three professions in Washington needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Marriage and Family Therapists (26.3%), Substance Abuse Counselors (23.1%) and Psychology Teachers (15.6%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Substance Abuse Counselors27,76034,16023.1%4,100
Social Workers8,5409,84015.2%1,100
Health Care Social Workers4,5505,23014.9%580
Psychology Teachers64074015.6%80
Marriage and Family Therapists38048026.3%60
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Washington Cities

The average salary for Health Care Social Workers in Washington is $71,800. The top cities that pay Health Care Social Workers the most are Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ($77,660), Olympia-Tumwater ($73,960) and Mount Vernon-Anacortes ($67,970).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Health Care Social Workers the highest average annual salary are Olympia-Tumwater ($71,081), Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ($69,370) and Mount Vernon-Anacortes ($66,403).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Health Care Social Workers in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.

The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a Health Care Social Workers salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue$77,660$69,370$-8,290
Olympia-Tumwater$73,960$71,081$-2,879
Mount Vernon-Anacortes$67,970$66,403$-1,567
Bremerton-Silverdale$65,450$62,038$-3,412
Spokane-Spokane Valley$64,340$65,446$1,106
Longview$63,050$64,826$1,776
Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area$62,360$64,289$1,929
Bellingham$60,990$59,625$-1,365
Wenatchee$60,470$60,379$-91
Kennewick-Richland$59,640$58,551$-1,089
Walla Walla$58,970$60,210$1,240
Eastern Washington Nonmetropolitan Area$57,550$59,330$1,780
Yakima$55,690$58,016$2,326
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Washington Health Care Social Workers

Washington Health Care Social Workers earn between $47,430 and $99,060 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 4,040 Health Care Social Workers employed in Washington which is about 2% of the U.S. total.

Forensic Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Washington with an average annual wage of $105,640.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $47,430 a year in Washington

The most Health Care Social Workers work in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area where 2,360 Health Care Social Workers are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Health Care Social Workers in Washington earn 66,878 per year, while the average across the United States earns $62,310.

By 2030, Washington will need 5,230 Health Care Social Workers. A total of 580 Health Care Social Workers will need to enter into the Washington work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Bellingham

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $60,990
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $59,625
Hourly Wage: $29.32
Currently Employed: 140
Cost-of-Living Index: 102.29
Bellingham Salary Report

Bremerton-Silverdale

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $65,450
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $62,038
Hourly Wage: $31
Currently Employed: 80
Cost-of-Living Index: 105.50
Bremerton-Silverdale Salary Report

Eastern Washington Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $57,550
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $59,330
Hourly Wage: $27.67
Currently Employed: 60
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.00
Eastern Washington Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Kennewick-Richland

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $59,640
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $58,551
Hourly Wage: $29
Currently Employed: 90
Cost-of-Living Index: 101.86
Kennewick-Richland Salary Report

Longview

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $63,050
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $64,826
Hourly Wage: $30.31
Currently Employed: 60
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.26
Longview Salary Report

Mount Vernon-Anacortes

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $67,970
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $66,403
Hourly Wage: $33
Currently Employed: 90
Cost-of-Living Index: 102.36
Mount Vernon-Anacortes Salary Report

Olympia-Tumwater

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $73,960
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $71,081
Hourly Wage: $35.56
Currently Employed: 100
Cost-of-Living Index: 104.05
Olympia-Tumwater Salary Report

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $77,660
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $69,370
Hourly Wage: $37
Currently Employed: 2,360
Cost-of-Living Index: 111.95
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Salary Report

Spokane-Spokane Valley

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $64,340
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $65,446
Hourly Wage: $30.93
Currently Employed: 290
Cost-of-Living Index: 98.31
Spokane-Spokane Valley Salary Report

Walla Walla

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $58,970
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $60,210
Hourly Wage: $28
Currently Employed: 40
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.94
Walla Walla Salary Report

Wenatchee

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $60,470
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $60,379
Hourly Wage: $29.07
Currently Employed: 60
Cost-of-Living Index: 100.15
Wenatchee Salary Report

Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $62,360
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $64,289
Hourly Wage: $30
Currently Employed: 160
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.00
Western Washington Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Yakima

Average Health Care Social Workers Salary: $55,690
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $58,016
Hourly Wage: $26.78
Currently Employed: 230
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.99
Yakima Salary Report

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