Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater is 2,360.
  • Social Workers in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater earn an average of $46,130 per year or $22.18 per hour.
  • The percentage of Florida Social Workers who work in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater is 1%.

Rankings for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater

  • Ranks #15 in Florida for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Florida for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #322 in the nation for salary and #94 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #29 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Florida

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Social Workers earn an average of $46,130 or $22.18 per hour which is 5% less than the Florida average salary of $48,890.

AverageTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFlorida% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.18$23.50-5.62%
Annual Salary$46,130$48,890-5.65%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Social Workers earn an average of $46,130 or $22.18 per hour which is 15% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.18$26.39-15.95%
Annual Salary$46,130$54,880-15.94%
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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater earns an average annual salary of $46,549 which compares to the Florida average annual salary of $48,890. per year.

Cost-of-living in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater is 1% less than the Florida average, which means Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater residents have an overall less 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.
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater average salary is $46,130.
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater cost-of-living adjusted salary is $46,549.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater$46,13099.10%$46,549
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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, 50% of Social Workers earn between $31,100 and $60,670 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $76,880, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $24,920, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year236Under $24,920
15%2 – 4 years354$24,920 – $31,100
25%5 – 9 years590$31,100 – $39,030
25%10 – 14 years590$39,030 – $60,670
15%15 – 20 years354$39,030 – $76,880
10%20+ years236Above $76,880
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 $46,130, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($101,290), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($95,250), School Psychologists ($75,280), Psychology Teachers ($58,890), Health Care Social Workers ($56,570), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($50,620).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($44,840).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$101,290
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$95,250
School Psychologists$75,280
Psychology Teachers$58,890
Health Care Social Workers$56,570
Substance Abuse Counselors$50,620
Social Workers$46,130
Marriage and Family Therapists$44,840
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater is 2,360.

Social Workers earn an average of $46,130 per year or $22.18 per hour in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Social Workers earn an average of $46,549 per year or $22 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater are Forensic Psychologists($101,290), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($95,250), School Psychologists($75,280).


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