Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach is 3,900.
  • Social Workers in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach earn an average of $52,450 per year or $25.22 per hour.
  • The percentage of Florida Social Workers who work in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach is 1%.

Rankings for Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach

  • Ranks #2 in Florida for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Florida for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #159 in the nation for salary and #13 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #15 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Florida

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Social Workers earn an average of $52,450 or $25.22 per hour which is 7% more than the Florida average salary of $48,890.

AverageMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachFlorida% Difference
Hourly Wage$25.22$23.507.32%
Annual Salary$52,450$48,8907.28%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Social Workers earn an average of $52,450 or $25.22 per hour which is 4% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageMiami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm BeachU.S.%
Hourly Wage$25.22$26.39-4.43%
Annual Salary$52,450$54,880-4.43%
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 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach earns an average annual salary of $47,690 which compares to the Florida average annual salary of $48,890. per year.

Cost-of-living in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach is 10% higher than the Florida average, which means Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Florida average.

  • Florida average salary is $48,890.
  • Florida cost-of-living adjusted salary is $48,545.
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach average salary is $52,450.
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach cost-of-living adjusted salary is $47,690.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach$52,450109.98%$47,690
Florida$48,890100.71%$48,545
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 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, 50% of Social Workers earn between $38,520 and $63,480 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $78,360, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $31,080, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year390Under $31,080
15%2 – 4 years585$31,080 – $38,520
25%5 – 9 years975$38,520 – $48,200
25%10 – 14 years975$48,200 – $63,480
15%15 – 20 years585$48,200 – $78,360
10%20+ years390Above $78,360
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 $52,450, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($97,900), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($92,750), Psychology Teachers ($91,390), School Psychologists ($82,350), and Health Care Social Workers ($62,210).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($48,350), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($51,110).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$97,900
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$92,750
Psychology Teachers$91,390
School Psychologists$82,350
Health Care Social Workers$62,210
Social Workers$52,450
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,110
Marriage and Family Therapists$48,350
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach is 3,900.

Social Workers earn an average of $52,450 per year or $25.22 per hour in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach Social Workers earn an average of $47,690 per year or $23 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach are Forensic Psychologists($97,900), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($92,750), Psychology Teachers($91,390).


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