Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 1,520.
  • Social Workers in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara earn an average of $76,500 per year or $36.78 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Social Workers who work in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is less than 1%.

Rankings for San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara

  • Ranks #1 in California for salary and #3 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #6 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #1 in the nation for salary and #5 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #47 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Social Workers earn an average of $76,500 or $36.78 per hour which is 17% more than the California average salary of $64,940.

AverageSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$36.78$31.2217.81%
Annual Salary$76,500$64,94017.80%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Social Workers earn an average of $76,500 or $36.78 per hour which is 39% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraU.S.%
Hourly Wage$36.78$26.3939.37%
Annual Salary$76,500$54,88039.40%
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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara earns an average annual salary of $68,230 which compares to the California average annual salary of $64,940. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 12% higher than the California average, which means San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara average salary is $76,500.
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara cost-of-living adjusted salary is $68,230.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara$76,500112.12%$68,230
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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, 50% of Social Workers earn between $49,980 and $100,200 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $100,200, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $45,700, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year152Under $45,700
15%2 – 4 years228$45,700 – $49,980
25%5 – 9 years380$49,980 – $77,390
25%10 – 14 years380$77,390 – $100,200
15%15 – 20 years228$77,390 – $100,200
10%20+ years152Above $100,200
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 $76,500, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($134,200), Health Care Social Workers ($105,600), School Psychologists ($102,070), and Forensic Psychologists ($100,300).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($70,130), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($74,560).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$134,200
Health Care Social Workers$105,600
School Psychologists$102,070
Forensic Psychologists$100,300
Social Workers$76,500
Substance Abuse Counselors$74,560
Marriage and Family Therapists$70,130
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is 1,520.

Social Workers earn an average of $76,500 per year or $36.78 per hour in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara Social Workers earn an average of $68,230 per year or $33 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($134,200), Health Care Social Workers($105,600), School Psychologists($102,070).


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