Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Cincinnati is 1,950.
  • Social Workers in Cincinnati earn an average of $46,380 per year or $22.30 per hour.
  • The percentage of Ohio Social Workers who work in Cincinnati is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Cincinnati is 1%.

Rankings for Cincinnati

  • Ranks #7 in Ohio for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in Ohio for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #313 in the nation for salary and #215 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #38 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Ohio

Cincinnati Social Workers earn an average of $46,380 or $22.30 per hour which is 3% less than the Ohio average salary of $48,200.

AverageCincinnatiOhio% Difference
Hourly Wage$22.30$23.17-3.75%
Annual Salary$46,380$48,200-3.78%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Cincinnati Social Workers earn an average of $46,380 or $22.30 per hour which is 15% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageCincinnatiU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22.30$26.39-15.50%
Annual Salary$46,380$54,880-15.49%
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 Cincinnati earns an average annual salary of $49,615 which compares to the Ohio average annual salary of $48,200. per year.

Cost-of-living in Cincinnati is 7% less than the Ohio average, which means Cincinnati residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Ohio average.

  • Ohio average salary is $48,200.
  • Ohio cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,568.
  • Cincinnati average salary is $46,380.
  • Cincinnati cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,615.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Cincinnati$46,38093.48%$49,615
Ohio$48,20091.69%$52,568
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 Cincinnati, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,300 and $49,340 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $61,330, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $35,880, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year195Under $35,880
15%2 – 4 years292$35,880 – $37,300
25%5 – 9 years488$37,300 – $45,980
25%10 – 14 years488$45,980 – $49,340
15%15 – 20 years292$45,980 – $61,330
10%20+ years195Above $61,330
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 $46,380, Cincinnati Social Workers tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($92,330), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($92,080), Forensic Psychologists ($89,480), School Psychologists ($81,440), Marriage and Family Therapists ($66,460), Health Care Social Workers ($60,340), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($52,360).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$92,330
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$92,080
Forensic Psychologists$89,480
School Psychologists$81,440
Marriage and Family Therapists$66,460
Health Care Social Workers$60,340
Substance Abuse Counselors$52,360
Social Workers$46,380
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Cincinnati Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Cincinnati is 1,950.

Social Workers earn an average of $46,380 per year or $22.30 per hour in Cincinnati.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Cincinnati Social Workers earn an average of $49,615 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Cincinnati are Psychology Teachers($92,330), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($92,080), Forensic Psychologists($89,480).


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