Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 6,500.
  • Social Workers in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria earn an average of $70,910 per year or $34.09 per hour.
  • The percentage of District of Columbia Social Workers who work in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 300%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 2%.

Rankings for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria

  • Ranks #1 in District of Columbia for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in District of Columbia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #8 in the nation for salary and #8 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #5 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to District of Columbia

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Social Workers earn an average of $70,910 or $34.09 per hour which is almost same as District of Columbia average salary of $70,340.

AverageWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaDistrict of Columbia% Difference
Hourly Wage$34.09$33.820.80%
Annual Salary$70,910$70,3400.81%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Social Workers earn an average of $70,910 or $34.09 per hour which is 29% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$34.09$26.3929.18%
Annual Salary$70,910$54,88029.21%
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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria earns an average annual salary of $63,579 which compares to the District of Columbia average annual salary of $70,340. per year.

Cost-of-living in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 12% higher than the District of Columbia average, which means Washington-Arlington-Alexandria residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to District of Columbia average.

  • District of Columbia average salary is $70,340.
  • District of Columbia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $63,108.
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria average salary is $70,910.
  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria cost-of-living adjusted salary is $63,579.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria$70,910111.53%$63,579
District of Columbia$70,340111.46%$63,108
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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, 50% of Social Workers earn between $49,710 and $80,570 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $98,540, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $46,670, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year650Under $46,670
15%2 – 4 years975$46,670 – $49,710
25%5 – 9 years1,625$49,710 – $63,310
25%10 – 14 years1,625$63,310 – $80,570
15%15 – 20 years975$63,310 – $98,540
10%20+ years650Above $98,540
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 $70,910, Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($111,920), Forensic Psychologists ($110,250), School Psychologists ($98,160), and Psychology Teachers ($97,620).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($57,320), Substance Abuse Counselors ($62,510), and Health Care Social Workers ($70,730).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$111,920
Forensic Psychologists$110,250
School Psychologists$98,160
Psychology Teachers$97,620
Social Workers$70,910
Health Care Social Workers$70,730
Substance Abuse Counselors$62,510
Marriage and Family Therapists$57,320
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria is 6,500.

Social Workers earn an average of $70,910 per year or $34.09 per hour in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Social Workers earn an average of $63,579 per year or $31 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($111,920), Forensic Psychologists($110,250), School Psychologists($98,160).


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