Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson is 2,270.
  • Social Workers in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson earn an average of $48,730 per year or $23.43 per hour.
  • The percentage of Indiana Social Workers who work in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson is 1%.

Rankings for Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson

  • Ranks #2 in Indiana for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Indiana for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #241 in the nation for salary and #182 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #31 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Indiana

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Social Workers earn an average of $48,730 or $23.43 per hour which is 7% more than the Indiana average salary of $45,520.

AverageIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIndiana% Difference
Hourly Wage$23.43$21.897.04%
Annual Salary$48,730$45,5207.05%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Social Workers earn an average of $48,730 or $23.43 per hour which is 11% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$23.43$26.39-11.22%
Annual Salary$48,730$54,880-11.21%
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 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson earns an average annual salary of $51,452 which compares to the Indiana average annual salary of $45,520. per year.

Cost-of-living in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson is 5% less than the Indiana average, which means Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Indiana average.

  • Indiana average salary is $45,520.
  • Indiana cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,211.
  • Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson average salary is $48,730.
  • Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,452.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson$48,73094.71%$51,452
Indiana$45,52092.50%$49,211
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 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,220 and $49,540 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $76,010, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $37,200, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year227Under $37,200
15%2 – 4 years340$37,200 – $37,220
25%5 – 9 years568$37,220 – $43,430
25%10 – 14 years568$43,430 – $49,540
15%15 – 20 years340$43,430 – $76,010
10%20+ years227Above $76,010
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 $48,730, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($86,650), Psychology Teachers ($84,570), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($73,650), School Psychologists ($69,810), Health Care Social Workers ($58,870), Marriage and Family Therapists ($57,470), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($49,330).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$86,650
Psychology Teachers$84,570
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$73,650
School Psychologists$69,810
Health Care Social Workers$58,870
Marriage and Family Therapists$57,470
Substance Abuse Counselors$49,330
Social Workers$48,730
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson is 2,270.

Social Workers earn an average of $48,730 per year or $23.43 per hour in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Social Workers earn an average of $51,452 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson are Forensic Psychologists($86,650), Psychology Teachers($84,570), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($73,650).


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