Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro is 2,990.
  • Social Workers in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro earn an average of $55,350 per year or $26.61 per hour.
  • The percentage of Oregon Social Workers who work in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro is 100%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro is 1%.

Rankings for Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro

  • Ranks #5 in Oregon for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Oregon for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #108 in the nation for salary and #31 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #24 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Oregon

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Social Workers earn an average of $55,350 or $26.61 per hour which is 1% more than the Oregon average salary of $54,790.

AveragePortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOregon% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.61$26.341.03%
Annual Salary$55,350$54,7901.02%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Social Workers earn an average of $55,350 or $26.61 per hour which is 0% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AveragePortland-Vancouver-HillsboroU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.61$26.390.83%
Annual Salary$55,350$54,8800.86%
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 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro earns an average annual salary of $52,380 which compares to the Oregon average annual salary of $54,790. per year.

Cost-of-living in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro is 6% higher than the Oregon average, which means Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Oregon average.

  • Oregon average salary is $54,790.
  • Oregon cost-of-living adjusted salary is $53,391.
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro average salary is $55,350.
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,380.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro$55,350105.67%$52,380
Oregon$54,790102.62%$53,391
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 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, 50% of Social Workers earn between $39,040 and $64,340 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $79,270, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $39,000, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year299Under $39,000
15%2 – 4 years448$39,000 – $39,040
25%5 – 9 years748$39,040 – $50,180
25%10 – 14 years748$50,180 – $64,340
15%15 – 20 years448$50,180 – $79,270
10%20+ years299Above $79,270
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 $55,350, Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($133,060), Industrial Organizational Psychologists ($115,960), Forensic Psychologists ($109,690), Psychology Teachers ($105,890), School Psychologists ($92,800), Health Care Social Workers ($80,870), Substance Abuse Counselors ($61,790), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($58,120).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$133,060
Industrial Organizational Psychologists$115,960
Forensic Psychologists$109,690
Psychology Teachers$105,890
School Psychologists$92,800
Health Care Social Workers$80,870
Substance Abuse Counselors$61,790
Marriage and Family Therapists$58,120
Social Workers$55,350
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro is 2,990.

Social Workers earn an average of $55,350 per year or $26.61 per hour in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro Social Workers earn an average of $52,380 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($133,060), Industrial Organizational Psychologists($115,960), Forensic Psychologists($109,690).


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