Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is 350.
  • Social Workers in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande earn an average of $54,210 per year or $26.06 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Social Workers who work in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is less than 1%.

Rankings for San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande

  • Ranks #17 in California for salary and #10 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #17 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #121 in the nation for salary and #15 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #192 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Social Workers earn an average of $54,210 or $26.06 per hour which is 16% less than the California average salary of $64,940.

AverageSan Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo GrandeCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.06$31.22-16.53%
Annual Salary$54,210$64,940-16.52%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Social Workers earn an average of $54,210 or $26.06 per hour which is 1% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageSan Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo GrandeU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.06$26.39-1.25%
Annual Salary$54,210$54,880-1.22%
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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande earns an average annual salary of $49,493 which compares to the California average annual salary of $64,940. per year.

Cost-of-living in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is 10% higher than the California average, which means San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande 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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande average salary is $54,210.
  • San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,493.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande$54,210109.53%$49,493
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 Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, 50% of Social Workers earn between $46,310 and $62,940 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $79,950, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $38,200, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year35Under $38,200
15%2 – 4 years52$38,200 – $46,310
25%5 – 9 years88$46,310 – $49,360
25%10 – 14 years88$49,360 – $62,940
15%15 – 20 years52$49,360 – $79,950
10%20+ years35Above $79,950
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 $54,210, San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($120,760), School Psychologists ($102,730), and Health Care Social Workers ($80,400).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($51,300), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($51,530).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$120,760
School Psychologists$102,730
Health Care Social Workers$80,400
Social Workers$54,210
Marriage and Family Therapists$51,530
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,300
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande is 350.

Social Workers earn an average of $54,210 per year or $26.06 per hour in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande Social Workers earn an average of $49,493 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($120,760), School Psychologists($102,730), Health Care Social Workers($80,400).


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