Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Salem is 550.
  • Social Workers in Salem earn an average of $55,980 per year or $26.91 per hour.
  • The percentage of Oregon Social Workers who work in Salem is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Salem is less than 1%.

Rankings for Salem

  • Ranks #3 in Oregon for salary and #5 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Oregon for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #100 in the nation for salary and #66 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #122 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Oregon

Salem Social Workers earn an average of $55,980 or $26.91 per hour which is 2% more than the Oregon average salary of $54,790.

AverageSalemOregon% Difference
Hourly Wage$26.91$26.342.16%
Annual Salary$55,980$54,7902.17%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Salem Social Workers earn an average of $55,980 or $26.91 per hour which is 2% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageSalemU.S.%
Hourly Wage$26.91$26.391.97%
Annual Salary$55,980$54,8802.00%
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 Salem earns an average annual salary of $55,481 which compares to the Oregon average annual salary of $54,790. per year.

Cost-of-living in Salem is 1% higher than the Oregon average, which means Salem 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.
  • Salem average salary is $55,980.
  • Salem cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,481.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Salem$55,980100.90%$55,481
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 Salem, 50% of Social Workers earn between $38,080 and $76,410 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $76,410, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $29,240, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year55Under $29,240
15%2 – 4 years82$29,240 – $38,080
25%5 – 9 years138$38,080 – $60,250
25%10 – 14 years138$60,250 – $76,410
15%15 – 20 years82$60,250 – $76,410
10%20+ years55Above $76,410
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 $55,980, Salem Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($114,100), School Psychologists ($82,370), Health Care Social Workers ($79,190), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($59,250).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$114,100
School Psychologists$82,370
Health Care Social Workers$79,190
Substance Abuse Counselors$59,250
Social Workers$55,980
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Salem Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Salem is 550.

Social Workers earn an average of $55,980 per year or $26.91 per hour in Salem.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Salem Social Workers earn an average of $55,481 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Salem are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($114,100), School Psychologists($82,370), Health Care Social Workers($79,190).


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