Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 230.
  • Social Workers in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara earn an average of $55,060 per year or $26.47 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Social Workers who work in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is less than 1%.

Rankings for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara

  • Ranks #15 in California for salary and #8 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #21 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #110 in the nation for salary and #12 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #279 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Social Workers earn an average of $55,060 or $26.47 per hour which is 15% less than the California average salary of $64,940.

AverageSanta Maria-Santa BarbaraCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.47$31.22-15.21%
Annual Salary$55,060$64,940-15.21%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Social Workers earn an average of $55,060 or $26.47 per hour which is 0% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageSanta Maria-Santa BarbaraU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.47$26.390.30%
Annual Salary$55,060$54,8800.33%
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 Maria-Santa Barbara earns an average annual salary of $50,045 which compares to the California average annual salary of $64,940. per year.

Cost-of-living in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 10% higher than the California average, which means Santa Maria-Santa Barbara 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 Maria-Santa Barbara average salary is $55,060.
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,045.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara$55,060110.02%$50,045
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 Maria-Santa Barbara, 50% of Social Workers earn between $43,540 and $62,040 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $78,450, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $36,750, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year23Under $36,750
15%2 – 4 years34$36,750 – $43,540
25%5 – 9 years58$43,540 – $50,030
25%10 – 14 years58$50,030 – $62,040
15%15 – 20 years34$50,030 – $78,450
10%20+ years23Above $78,450
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 $55,060, Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($98,460), School Psychologists ($95,540), Health Care Social Workers ($77,980), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($58,750).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,550).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$98,460
School Psychologists$95,540
Health Care Social Workers$77,980
Marriage and Family Therapists$58,750
Social Workers$55,060
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,550
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara is 230.

Social Workers earn an average of $55,060 per year or $26.47 per hour in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Social Workers earn an average of $50,045 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Santa Maria-Santa Barbara are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($98,460), School Psychologists($95,540), Health Care Social Workers($77,980).


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