Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 5,270.
  • Social Workers in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward earn an average of $72,750 per year or $34.98 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Social Workers who work in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 2%.

Rankings for San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward

  • Ranks #2 in California for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #6 in the nation for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #8 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Social Workers earn an average of $72,750 or $34.98 per hour which is 12% more than the California average salary of $64,940.

AverageSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$34.98$31.2212.04%
Annual Salary$72,750$64,94012.03%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Social Workers earn an average of $72,750 or $34.98 per hour which is 32% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardU.S.%
Hourly Wage$34.98$26.3932.55%
Annual Salary$72,750$54,88032.56%
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 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward earns an average annual salary of $61,983 which compares to the California average annual salary of $64,940. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 17% higher than the California average, which means San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to California average.

  • California average salary is $64,940.
  • California cost-of-living adjusted salary is $58,833.
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward average salary is $72,750.
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward cost-of-living adjusted salary is $61,983.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward$72,750117.37%$61,983
California$64,940110.38%$58,833
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 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, 50% of Social Workers earn between $54,530 and $98,560 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $99,220, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $44,940, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year527Under $44,940
15%2 – 4 years790$44,940 – $54,530
25%5 – 9 years1,318$54,530 – $69,480
25%10 – 14 years1,318$69,480 – $98,560
15%15 – 20 years790$69,480 – $99,220
10%20+ years527Above $99,220
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 $72,750, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($129,880), Forensic Psychologists ($126,520), Psychology Teachers ($115,150), Health Care Social Workers ($98,340), and School Psychologists ($90,640).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($65,370), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($72,550).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$129,880
Forensic Psychologists$126,520
Psychology Teachers$115,150
Health Care Social Workers$98,340
School Psychologists$90,640
Social Workers$72,750
Marriage and Family Therapists$72,550
Substance Abuse Counselors$65,370
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward is 5,270.

Social Workers earn an average of $72,750 per year or $34.98 per hour in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Social Workers earn an average of $61,983 per year or $30 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($129,880), Forensic Psychologists($126,520), Psychology Teachers($115,150).


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