Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Tucson is 1,720.
  • Social Workers in Tucson earn an average of $42,280 per year or $20.33 per hour.
  • The percentage of Arizona Social Workers who work in Tucson is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Tucson is 1%.

Rankings for Tucson

  • Ranks #5 in Arizona for salary and #3 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Arizona for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #447 in the nation for salary and #207 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #41 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Arizona

Tucson Social Workers earn an average of $42,280 or $20.33 per hour which is 3% less than the Arizona average salary of $43,660.

AverageTucsonArizona% Difference
Hourly Wage$20.33$20.99-3.14%
Annual Salary$42,280$43,660-3.16%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Tucson Social Workers earn an average of $42,280 or $20.33 per hour which is 22% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageTucsonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$20.33$26.39-22.96%
Annual Salary$42,280$54,880-22.96%
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 Tucson earns an average annual salary of $45,065 which compares to the Arizona average annual salary of $43,660. per year.

Cost-of-living in Tucson is 6% less than the Arizona average, which means Tucson residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Arizona average.

  • Arizona average salary is $43,660.
  • Arizona cost-of-living adjusted salary is $44,070.
  • Tucson average salary is $42,280.
  • Tucson cost-of-living adjusted salary is $45,065.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Tucson$42,28093.82%$45,065
Arizona$43,66099.07%$44,070
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 Tucson, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,060 and $47,040 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $49,720, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $34,980, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year172Under $34,980
15%2 – 4 years258$34,980 – $37,060
25%5 – 9 years430$37,060 – $38,850
25%10 – 14 years430$38,850 – $47,040
15%15 – 20 years258$38,850 – $49,720
10%20+ years172Above $49,720
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 $42,280, Tucson Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($92,180), Psychology Teachers ($85,990), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($75,330), School Psychologists ($67,390), Health Care Social Workers ($56,840), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($52,780).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$92,180
Psychology Teachers$85,990
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$75,330
School Psychologists$67,390
Health Care Social Workers$56,840
Substance Abuse Counselors$52,780
Social Workers$42,280
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Tucson Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Tucson is 1,720.

Social Workers earn an average of $42,280 per year or $20.33 per hour in Tucson.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Tucson Social Workers earn an average of $45,065 per year or $22 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Tucson are Forensic Psychologists($92,180), Psychology Teachers($85,990), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($75,330).


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