Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Portland-South Portland is 490.
  • Social Workers in Portland-South Portland earn an average of $68,890 per year or $33.12 per hour.
  • The percentage of Maine Social Workers who work in Portland-South Portland is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Portland-South Portland is less than 1%.

Rankings for Portland-South Portland

  • Ranks #1 in Maine for salary and #3 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Maine for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #14 in the nation for salary and #254 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #134 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Maine

Portland-South Portland Social Workers earn an average of $68,890 or $33.12 per hour which is 12% more than the Maine average salary of $61,070.

AveragePortland-South PortlandMaine% Difference
Hourly Wage$33.12$29.3612.81%
Annual Salary$68,890$61,07012.80%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Portland-South Portland Social Workers earn an average of $68,890 or $33.12 per hour which is 25% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AveragePortland-South PortlandU.S.%
Hourly Wage$33.12$26.3925.50%
Annual Salary$68,890$54,88025.53%
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 Portland-South Portland earns an average annual salary of $74,524 which compares to the Maine average annual salary of $61,070. per year.

Cost-of-living in Portland-South Portland is 8% less than the Maine average, which means Portland-South Portland residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Maine average.

  • Maine average salary is $61,070.
  • Maine cost-of-living adjusted salary is $63,102.
  • Portland-South Portland average salary is $68,890.
  • Portland-South Portland cost-of-living adjusted salary is $74,524.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Portland-South Portland$68,89092.44%$74,524
Maine$61,07096.78%$63,102
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 Portland-South Portland, 50% of Social Workers earn between $54,810 and $77,670 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $97,550, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $48,820, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year49Under $48,820
15%2 – 4 years74$48,820 – $54,810
25%5 – 9 years122$54,810 – $61,840
25%10 – 14 years122$61,840 – $77,670
15%15 – 20 years74$61,840 – $97,550
10%20+ years49Above $97,550
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 $68,890, Portland-South Portland Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($83,310), Forensic Psychologists ($80,300), School Psychologists ($79,680), and Psychology Teachers ($72,220).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Health Care Social Workers ($58,940), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($61,550).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$83,310
Forensic Psychologists$80,300
School Psychologists$79,680
Psychology Teachers$72,220
Social Workers$68,890
Substance Abuse Counselors$61,550
Health Care Social Workers$58,940
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Portland-South Portland Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Portland-South Portland is 490.

Social Workers earn an average of $68,890 per year or $33.12 per hour in Portland-South Portland.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Portland-South Portland Social Workers earn an average of $74,524 per year or $36 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Portland-South Portland are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($83,310), Forensic Psychologists($80,300), School Psychologists($79,680).


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

Official Data Sources for Social Workers: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data