Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Asheville is 600.
  • Social Workers in Asheville earn an average of $48,640 per year or $23.38 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Carolina Social Workers who work in Asheville is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Asheville is less than 1%.

Rankings for Asheville

  • Ranks #9 in North Carolina for salary and #5 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #7 in North Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #249 in the nation for salary and #277 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #108 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Carolina

Asheville Social Workers earn an average of $48,640 or $23.38 per hour which is 4% less than the North Carolina average salary of $51,060.

AverageAshevilleNorth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$23.38$24.55-4.77%
Annual Salary$48,640$51,060-4.74%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Asheville Social Workers earn an average of $48,640 or $23.38 per hour which is 11% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageAshevilleU.S.%
Hourly Wage$23.38$26.39-11.41%
Annual Salary$48,640$54,880-11.37%
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 Asheville earns an average annual salary of $52,818 which compares to the North Carolina average annual salary of $51,060. per year.

Cost-of-living in Asheville is 8% less than the North Carolina average, which means Asheville residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to North Carolina average.

  • North Carolina average salary is $51,060.
  • North Carolina cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,597.
  • Asheville average salary is $48,640.
  • Asheville cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,818.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Asheville$48,64092.09%$52,818
North Carolina$51,06091.84%$55,597
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 Asheville, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,350 and $60,510 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $62,630, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $30,600, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year60Under $30,600
15%2 – 4 years90$30,600 – $37,350
25%5 – 9 years150$37,350 – $47,760
25%10 – 14 years150$47,760 – $60,510
15%15 – 20 years90$47,760 – $62,630
10%20+ years60Above $62,630
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 $48,640, Asheville Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($88,130), Psychology Teachers ($66,690), Health Care Social Workers ($60,030), School Psychologists ($56,800), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($51,680).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($47,850).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$88,130
Psychology Teachers$66,690
Health Care Social Workers$60,030
School Psychologists$56,800
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,680
Social Workers$48,640
Marriage and Family Therapists$47,850
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Asheville Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Asheville is 600.

Social Workers earn an average of $48,640 per year or $23.38 per hour in Asheville.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Asheville Social Workers earn an average of $52,818 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Asheville are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($88,130), Psychology Teachers($66,690), Health Care Social Workers($60,030).


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

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