Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Raleigh is 1,320.
  • Social Workers in Raleigh earn an average of $52,760 per year or $25.37 per hour.
  • The percentage of North Carolina Social Workers who work in Raleigh is 12%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Raleigh is less than 1%.

Rankings for Raleigh

  • Ranks #4 in North Carolina for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in North Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #149 in the nation for salary and #160 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #51 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to North Carolina

Raleigh Social Workers earn an average of $52,760 or $25.37 per hour which is 3% more than the North Carolina average salary of $51,060.

AverageRaleighNorth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$25.37$24.553.34%
Annual Salary$52,760$51,0603.33%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Raleigh Social Workers earn an average of $52,760 or $25.37 per hour which is 3% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageRaleighU.S.%
Hourly Wage$25.37$26.39-3.87%
Annual Salary$52,760$54,880-3.86%
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 Raleigh earns an average annual salary of $55,154 which compares to the North Carolina average annual salary of $51,060. per year.

Cost-of-living in Raleigh is 4% less than the North Carolina average, which means Raleigh 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.
  • Raleigh average salary is $52,760.
  • Raleigh cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,154.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Raleigh$52,76095.66%$55,154
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 Raleigh, 50% of Social Workers earn between $39,110 and $62,470 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $77,670, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $38,850, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year132Under $38,850
15%2 – 4 years198$38,850 – $39,110
25%5 – 9 years330$39,110 – $49,240
25%10 – 14 years330$49,240 – $62,470
15%15 – 20 years198$49,240 – $77,670
10%20+ years132Above $77,670
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 $52,760, Raleigh Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($100,280), School Psychologists ($76,830), Health Care Social Workers ($68,200), Psychology Teachers ($62,040), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($58,070).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($48,450).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$100,280
School Psychologists$76,830
Health Care Social Workers$68,200
Psychology Teachers$62,040
Substance Abuse Counselors$58,070
Social Workers$52,760
Marriage and Family Therapists$48,450
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Raleigh Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Raleigh is 1,320.

Social Workers earn an average of $52,760 per year or $25.37 per hour in Raleigh.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Raleigh Social Workers earn an average of $55,154 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Raleigh are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($100,280), School Psychologists($76,830), Health Care Social Workers($68,200).


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