Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Dubuque is 40.
  • Social Workers in Dubuque earn an average of $43,950 per year or $21.13 per hour.
  • The percentage of Iowa Social Workers who work in Dubuque is 2%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Dubuque is less than 1%.

Rankings for Dubuque

  • Ranks #12 in Iowa for salary and #6 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #12 in Iowa for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #392 in the nation for salary and #322 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #510 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Iowa

Dubuque Social Workers earn an average of $43,950 or $21.13 per hour which is 12% less than the Iowa average salary of $50,380.

AverageDubuqueIowa% Difference
Hourly Wage$21.13$24.22-12.76%
Annual Salary$43,950$50,380-12.76%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Dubuque Social Workers earn an average of $43,950 or $21.13 per hour which is 19% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageDubuqueU.S.%
Hourly Wage$21.13$26.39-19.93%
Annual Salary$43,950$54,880-19.92%
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 Dubuque earns an average annual salary of $48,376 which compares to the Iowa average annual salary of $50,380. per year.

Cost-of-living in Dubuque is 9% less than the Iowa average, which means Dubuque residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Iowa average.

  • Iowa average salary is $50,380.
  • Iowa cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,332.
  • Dubuque average salary is $43,950.
  • Dubuque cost-of-living adjusted salary is $48,376.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Dubuque$43,95090.85%$48,376
Iowa$50,38091.05%$55,332
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 Dubuque, 50% of Social Workers earn between $35,240 and $47,320 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $72,680, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $29,110, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year4Under $29,110
15%2 – 4 years6$29,110 – $35,240
25%5 – 9 years10$35,240 – $39,000
25%10 – 14 years10$39,000 – $47,320
15%15 – 20 years6$39,000 – $72,680
10%20+ years4Above $72,680
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 $43,950, Dubuque Social Workers tend to earn less than Health Care Social Workers ($56,410).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($43,530).

TitleAnnual Salary
Health Care Social Workers$56,410
Social Workers$43,950
Substance Abuse Counselors$43,530
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Dubuque Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Dubuque is 40.

Social Workers earn an average of $43,950 per year or $21.13 per hour in Dubuque.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Dubuque Social Workers earn an average of $48,376 per year or $23 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Dubuque are Health Care Social Workers($56,410), Social Workers($43,950), Substance Abuse Counselors($43,530).


Additional Salary Reports for Social Workers in Iowa cities and Metros and U.S. States.

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