Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Kansas City is 2,280.
  • Social Workers in Kansas City earn an average of $45,770 per year or $22.01 per hour.
  • The percentage of Missouri Social Workers who work in Kansas City is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Kansas City is 1%.

Rankings for Kansas City

  • Ranks #1 in Missouri for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Missouri for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #331 in the nation for salary and #183 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #30 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Missouri

Kansas City Social Workers earn an average of $45,770 or $22.01 per hour which is 11% more than the Missouri average salary of $41,070.

AverageKansas CityMissouri% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.01$19.7511.44%
Annual Salary$45,770$41,07011.44%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Kansas City Social Workers earn an average of $45,770 or $22.01 per hour which is 16% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageKansas CityU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.01$26.39-16.60%
Annual Salary$45,770$54,880-16.60%
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 Kansas City earns an average annual salary of $48,332 which compares to the Missouri average annual salary of $41,070. per year.

Cost-of-living in Kansas City is 5% less than the Missouri average, which means Kansas City residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Missouri average.

  • Missouri average salary is $41,070.
  • Missouri cost-of-living adjusted salary is $44,405.
  • Kansas City average salary is $45,770.
  • Kansas City cost-of-living adjusted salary is $48,332.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Kansas City$45,77094.70%$48,332
Missouri$41,07092.49%$44,405
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 Kansas City, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,200 and $49,240 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $63,480, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $30,640, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year228Under $30,640
15%2 – 4 years342$30,640 – $37,200
25%5 – 9 years570$37,200 – $42,450
25%10 – 14 years570$42,450 – $49,240
15%15 – 20 years342$42,450 – $63,480
10%20+ years228Above $63,480
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 $45,770, Kansas City Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($102,910), Forensic Psychologists ($98,810), School Psychologists ($83,510), Psychology Teachers ($71,620), Health Care Social Workers ($57,610), Marriage and Family Therapists ($49,640), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($47,720).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$102,910
Forensic Psychologists$98,810
School Psychologists$83,510
Psychology Teachers$71,620
Health Care Social Workers$57,610
Marriage and Family Therapists$49,640
Substance Abuse Counselors$47,720
Social Workers$45,770
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Kansas City Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Kansas City is 2,280.

Social Workers earn an average of $45,770 per year or $22.01 per hour in Kansas City.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Kansas City Social Workers earn an average of $48,332 per year or $23 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Kansas City are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($102,910), Forensic Psychologists($98,810), School Psychologists($83,510).


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

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