Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Worcester is 1,090.
  • Social Workers in Worcester earn an average of $50,160 per year or $24.12 per hour.
  • The percentage of Massachusetts Social Workers who work in Worcester is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Worcester is less than 1%.

Rankings for Worcester

  • Ranks #5 in Massachusetts for salary and #7 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in Massachusetts for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #202 in the nation for salary and #22 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #56 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Massachusetts

Worcester Social Workers earn an average of $50,160 or $24.12 per hour which is 8% less than the Massachusetts average salary of $54,980.

AverageWorcesterMassachusetts% Difference
Hourly Wage$24.12$26.43-8.74%
Annual Salary$50,160$54,980-8.77%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Worcester Social Workers earn an average of $50,160 or $24.12 per hour which is 8% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageWorcesterU.S.%
Hourly Wage$24.12$26.39-8.60%
Annual Salary$50,160$54,880-8.60%
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 Worcester earns an average annual salary of $46,141 which compares to the Massachusetts average annual salary of $54,980. per year.

Cost-of-living in Worcester is 9% higher than the Massachusetts average, which means Worcester 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.
  • Worcester average salary is $50,160.
  • Worcester cost-of-living adjusted salary is $46,141.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Worcester$50,160108.71%$46,141
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 Worcester, 50% of Social Workers earn between $38,700 and $60,250 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $72,960, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $36,910, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year109Under $36,910
15%2 – 4 years164$36,910 – $38,700
25%5 – 9 years272$38,700 – $47,390
25%10 – 14 years272$47,390 – $60,250
15%15 – 20 years164$47,390 – $72,960
10%20+ years109Above $72,960
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 $50,160, Worcester Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($96,090), School Psychologists ($93,130), Psychology Teachers ($91,780), Health Care Social Workers ($65,950), Marriage and Family Therapists ($60,880), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($54,500).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$96,090
School Psychologists$93,130
Psychology Teachers$91,780
Health Care Social Workers$65,950
Marriage and Family Therapists$60,880
Substance Abuse Counselors$54,500
Social Workers$50,160
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Worcester Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Worcester is 1,090.

Social Workers earn an average of $50,160 per year or $24.12 per hour in Worcester.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Worcester Social Workers earn an average of $46,141 per year or $22 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Worcester are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($96,090), School Psychologists($93,130), Psychology Teachers($91,780).


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