Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in New Bedford is 190.
  • Social Workers in New Bedford earn an average of $55,300 per year or $26.59 per hour.
  • The percentage of Massachusetts Social Workers who work in New Bedford is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in New Bedford is less than 1%.

Rankings for New Bedford

  • Ranks #2 in Massachusetts for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in Massachusetts for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #109 in the nation for salary and #24 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #326 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Massachusetts

New Bedford Social Workers earn an average of $55,300 or $26.59 per hour which is almost same as Massachusetts average salary of $54,980.

AverageNew BedfordMassachusetts% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.59$26.430.61%
Annual Salary$55,300$54,9800.58%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

New Bedford Social Workers earn an average of $55,300 or $26.59 per hour which is 0% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageNew BedfordU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.59$26.390.76%
Annual Salary$55,300$54,8800.77%
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 New Bedford earns an average annual salary of $50,869 which compares to the Massachusetts average annual salary of $54,980. per year.

Cost-of-living in New Bedford is 9% higher than the Massachusetts average, which means New Bedford 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.
  • New Bedford average salary is $55,300.
  • New Bedford cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,869.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
New Bedford$55,300108.71%$50,869
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 New Bedford, 50% of Social Workers earn between $38,430 and $61,330 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $76,410, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $35,270, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year19Under $35,270
15%2 – 4 years28$35,270 – $38,430
25%5 – 9 years48$38,430 – $57,700
25%10 – 14 years48$57,700 – $61,330
15%15 – 20 years28$57,700 – $76,410
10%20+ years19Above $76,410
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 $55,300, New Bedford Social Workers tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($81,410), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($79,750), and Health Care Social Workers ($66,060).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($49,340).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$81,410
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$79,750
Health Care Social Workers$66,060
Social Workers$55,300
Substance Abuse Counselors$49,340
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for New Bedford Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in New Bedford is 190.

Social Workers earn an average of $55,300 per year or $26.59 per hour in New Bedford.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in New Bedford Social Workers earn an average of $50,869 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in New Bedford are School Psychologists($81,410), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($79,750), Health Care Social Workers($66,060).


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