Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua is 5,720.
  • Social Workers in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua earn an average of $60,520 per year or $29.10 per hour.
  • The percentage of Massachusetts Social Workers who work in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua is 100%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua is 2%.

Rankings for Boston-Cambridge-Nashua

  • Ranks #1 in Massachusetts for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Massachusetts for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #43 in the nation for salary and #21 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #7 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Massachusetts

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua Social Workers earn an average of $60,520 or $29.10 per hour which is 10% more than the Massachusetts average salary of $54,980.

AverageBoston-Cambridge-NashuaMassachusetts% Difference
Hourly Wage$29.10$26.4310.10%
Annual Salary$60,520$54,98010.08%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua Social Workers earn an average of $60,520 or $29.10 per hour which is 10% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageBoston-Cambridge-NashuaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$29.10$26.3910.27%
Annual Salary$60,520$54,88010.28%
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 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua earns an average annual salary of $55,671 which compares to the Massachusetts average annual salary of $54,980. per year.

Cost-of-living in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua is 9% higher than the Massachusetts average, which means Boston-Cambridge-Nashua residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Massachusetts average.

  • Massachusetts average salary is $54,980.
  • Massachusetts cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,173.
  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua average salary is $60,520.
  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,671.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua$60,520108.71%$55,671
Massachusetts$54,980107.44%$51,173
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 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, 50% of Social Workers earn between $40,140 and $77,020 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $97,740, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $37,550, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year572Under $37,550
15%2 – 4 years858$37,550 – $40,140
25%5 – 9 years1,430$40,140 – $60,030
25%10 – 14 years1,430$60,030 – $77,020
15%15 – 20 years858$60,030 – $97,740
10%20+ years572Above $97,740
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 $60,520, Boston-Cambridge-Nashua Social Workers tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($101,560), Forensic Psychologists ($98,590), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($95,390), School Psychologists ($94,800), and Health Care Social Workers ($66,440).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($53,360), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($55,570).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$101,560
Forensic Psychologists$98,590
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$95,390
School Psychologists$94,800
Health Care Social Workers$66,440
Social Workers$60,520
Substance Abuse Counselors$55,570
Marriage and Family Therapists$53,360
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Boston-Cambridge-Nashua Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua is 5,720.

Social Workers earn an average of $60,520 per year or $29.10 per hour in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua Social Workers earn an average of $55,671 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Boston-Cambridge-Nashua are Psychology Teachers($101,560), Forensic Psychologists($98,590), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($95,390).


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