Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Anchorage is 700.
  • Social Workers in Anchorage earn an average of $64,260 per year or $30.89 per hour.
  • The percentage of Alaska Social Workers who work in Anchorage is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Anchorage is less than 1%.

Rankings for Anchorage

  • Ranks #1 in Alaska for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Alaska for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #23 in the nation for salary and #37 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #93 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Alaska

Anchorage Social Workers earn an average of $64,260 or $30.89 per hour which is 4% more than the Alaska average salary of $61,580.

AverageAnchorageAlaska% Difference
Hourly Wage$30.89$29.614.32%
Annual Salary$64,260$61,5804.35%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Anchorage Social Workers earn an average of $64,260 or $30.89 per hour which is 17% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageAnchorageU.S.%
Hourly Wage$30.89$26.3917.05%
Annual Salary$64,260$54,88017.09%
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, Social Workers in Anchorage earns an average annual salary of $61,623 which compares to the Alaska average annual salary of $61,580. per year.

Cost-of-living in Anchorage is 4% higher than the Alaska average, which means Anchorage residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Alaska average.

  • Alaska average salary is $61,580.
  • Alaska cost-of-living adjusted salary is $59,647.
  • Anchorage average salary is $64,260.
  • Anchorage cost-of-living adjusted salary is $61,623.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Anchorage$64,260104.28%$61,623
Alaska$61,580103.24%$59,647
U.S.$54,880$54,880
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Ranges for Education and Experience

In Anchorage, 50% of Social Workers earn between $49,640 and $76,490 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $89,200, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $47,390, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year70Under $47,390
15%2 – 4 years105$47,390 – $49,640
25%5 – 9 years175$49,640 – $61,190
25%10 – 14 years175$61,190 – $76,490
15%15 – 20 years105$61,190 – $89,200
10%20+ years70Above $89,200
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 $64,260, Anchorage Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($92,390), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($65,510).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Health Care Social Workers ($60,160).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$92,390
Substance Abuse Counselors$65,510
Social Workers$64,260
Health Care Social Workers$60,160
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Anchorage Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Anchorage is 700.

Social Workers earn an average of $64,260 per year or $30.89 per hour in Anchorage.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Anchorage Social Workers earn an average of $61,623 per year or $30 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Anchorage are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($92,390), Substance Abuse Counselors($65,510), Social Workers($64,260).


Additional Salary Reports for Social Workers in Alaska cities and Metros and U.S. States.

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