Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is 2,840.
  • Social Workers in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell earn an average of $51,110 per year or $24.57 per hour.
  • The percentage of Georgia Social Workers who work in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is 52%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is 1%.

Rankings for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell

  • Ranks #1 in Georgia for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Georgia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #180 in the nation for salary and #103 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #25 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Georgia

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Social Workers earn an average of $51,110 or $24.57 per hour which is 6% more than the Georgia average salary of $48,200.

AverageAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGeorgia% Difference
Hourly Wage$24.57$23.176.04%
Annual Salary$51,110$48,2006.04%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Social Workers earn an average of $51,110 or $24.57 per hour which is 6% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellU.S.%
Hourly Wage$24.57$26.39-6.90%
Annual Salary$51,110$54,880-6.87%
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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell earns an average annual salary of $52,068 which compares to the Georgia average annual salary of $48,200. per year.

Cost-of-living in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is 2% less than the Georgia average, which means Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Georgia average.

  • Georgia average salary is $48,200.
  • Georgia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,984.
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell average salary is $51,110.
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,068.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell$51,11098.16%$52,068
Georgia$48,20094.54%$50,984
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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, 50% of Social Workers earn between $38,930 and $56,050 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $96,270, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $35,260, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year284Under $35,260
15%2 – 4 years426$35,260 – $38,930
25%5 – 9 years710$38,930 – $42,820
25%10 – 14 years710$42,820 – $56,050
15%15 – 20 years426$42,820 – $96,270
10%20+ years284Above $96,270
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 $51,110, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($101,260), Psychology Teachers ($87,620), School Psychologists ($83,720), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($75,500), and Health Care Social Workers ($58,620).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($47,530), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($48,860).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$101,260
Psychology Teachers$87,620
School Psychologists$83,720
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$75,500
Health Care Social Workers$58,620
Social Workers$51,110
Marriage and Family Therapists$48,860
Substance Abuse Counselors$47,530
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell is 2,840.

Social Workers earn an average of $51,110 per year or $24.57 per hour in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell Social Workers earn an average of $52,068 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell are Forensic Psychologists($101,260), Psychology Teachers($87,620), School Psychologists($83,720).


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