Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is 290.
  • Social Workers in Santa Cruz-Watsonville earn an average of $69,210 per year or $33.28 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Social Workers who work in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is less than 1%.

Rankings for Santa Cruz-Watsonville

  • Ranks #4 in California for salary and #11 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #18 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #11 in the nation for salary and #16 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #228 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Social Workers earn an average of $69,210 or $33.28 per hour which is 6% more than the California average salary of $64,940.

AverageSanta Cruz-WatsonvilleCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$33.28$31.226.60%
Annual Salary$69,210$64,9406.58%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville Social Workers earn an average of $69,210 or $33.28 per hour which is 26% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageSanta Cruz-WatsonvilleU.S.%
Hourly Wage$33.28$26.3926.11%
Annual Salary$69,210$54,88026.11%
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 Santa Cruz-Watsonville earns an average annual salary of $63,252 which compares to the California average annual salary of $64,940. per year.

Cost-of-living in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is 9% higher than the California average, which means Santa Cruz-Watsonville 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.
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville average salary is $69,210.
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville cost-of-living adjusted salary is $63,252.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Santa Cruz-Watsonville$69,210109.42%$63,252
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 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, 50% of Social Workers earn between $49,870 and $97,410 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $97,480, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $39,000, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year29Under $39,000
15%2 – 4 years44$39,000 – $49,870
25%5 – 9 years72$49,870 – $64,090
25%10 – 14 years72$64,090 – $97,410
15%15 – 20 years44$64,090 – $97,480
10%20+ years29Above $97,480
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 $69,210, Santa Cruz-Watsonville Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($101,310), School Psychologists ($95,160), and Health Care Social Workers ($80,990).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,150), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($68,060).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$101,310
School Psychologists$95,160
Health Care Social Workers$80,990
Social Workers$69,210
Marriage and Family Therapists$68,060
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,150
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Santa Cruz-Watsonville Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Santa Cruz-Watsonville is 290.

Social Workers earn an average of $69,210 per year or $33.28 per hour in Santa Cruz-Watsonville.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Santa Cruz-Watsonville Social Workers earn an average of $63,252 per year or $30 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Santa Cruz-Watsonville are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($101,310), School Psychologists($95,160), Health Care Social Workers($80,990).


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