Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson is 3,460.
  • Social Workers in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson earn an average of $63,150 per year or $30.36 per hour.
  • The percentage of Maryland Social Workers who work in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson is 100%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson is 1%.

Rankings for Baltimore-Columbia-Towson

  • Ranks #1 in Maryland for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Maryland for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #28 in the nation for salary and #33 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #19 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Maryland

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Social Workers earn an average of $63,150 or $30.36 per hour which is 1% more than the Maryland average salary of $62,440.

AverageBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMaryland% Difference
Hourly Wage$30.36$30.021.13%
Annual Salary$63,150$62,4401.14%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Social Workers earn an average of $63,150 or $30.36 per hour which is 15% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$30.36$26.3915.04%
Annual Salary$63,150$54,88015.07%
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 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson earns an average annual salary of $59,909 which compares to the Maryland average annual salary of $62,440. per year.

Cost-of-living in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson is 5% higher than the Maryland average, which means Baltimore-Columbia-Towson residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Maryland average.

  • Maryland average salary is $62,440.
  • Maryland cost-of-living adjusted salary is $58,646.
  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson average salary is $63,150.
  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson cost-of-living adjusted salary is $59,909.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson$63,150105.41%$59,909
Maryland$62,440106.47%$58,646
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 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, 50% of Social Workers earn between $47,080 and $76,630 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $98,510, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $36,920, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year346Under $36,920
15%2 – 4 years519$36,920 – $47,080
25%5 – 9 years865$47,080 – $60,250
25%10 – 14 years865$60,250 – $76,630
15%15 – 20 years519$60,250 – $98,510
10%20+ years346Above $98,510
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 $63,150, Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($112,960), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($90,860), School Psychologists ($86,030), Psychology Teachers ($80,940), and Health Care Social Workers ($64,060).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($55,670), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($57,180).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$112,960
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$90,860
School Psychologists$86,030
Psychology Teachers$80,940
Health Care Social Workers$64,060
Social Workers$63,150
Marriage and Family Therapists$57,180
Substance Abuse Counselors$55,670
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson is 3,460.

Social Workers earn an average of $63,150 per year or $30.36 per hour in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson Social Workers earn an average of $59,909 per year or $29 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Baltimore-Columbia-Towson are Forensic Psychologists($112,960), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($90,860), School Psychologists($86,030).


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