Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington is 8,980.
  • Social Workers in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington earn an average of $52,750 per year or $25.36 per hour.
  • The percentage of Pennsylvania Social Workers who work in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington is 43%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington is 3%.

Rankings for Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington

  • Ranks #2 in Pennsylvania for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in Pennsylvania for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #150 in the nation for salary and #56 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #4 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Pennsylvania

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Social Workers earn an average of $52,750 or $25.36 per hour which is 6% more than the Pennsylvania average salary of $49,390.

AveragePhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPennsylvania% Difference
Hourly Wage$25.36$23.756.78%
Annual Salary$52,750$49,3906.80%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Social Workers earn an average of $52,750 or $25.36 per hour which is 3% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AveragePhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$25.36$26.39-3.90%
Annual Salary$52,750$54,880-3.88%
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 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington earns an average annual salary of $51,589 which compares to the Pennsylvania average annual salary of $49,390. per year.

Cost-of-living in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington is 2% higher than the Pennsylvania average, which means Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Pennsylvania average.

  • Pennsylvania average salary is $49,390.
  • Pennsylvania cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,625.
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington average salary is $52,750.
  • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington cost-of-living adjusted salary is $51,589.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington$52,750102.25%$51,589
Pennsylvania$49,39097.56%$50,625
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 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, 50% of Social Workers earn between $39,000 and $61,480 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $76,880, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $35,970, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year898Under $35,970
15%2 – 4 years1,347$35,970 – $39,000
25%5 – 9 years2,245$39,000 – $48,850
25%10 – 14 years2,245$48,850 – $61,480
15%15 – 20 years1,347$48,850 – $76,880
10%20+ years898Above $76,880
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 $52,750, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($102,980), Psychology Teachers ($90,210), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($87,880), School Psychologists ($85,340), Marriage and Family Therapists ($72,060), Health Care Social Workers ($64,820), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($53,770).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$102,980
Psychology Teachers$90,210
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$87,880
School Psychologists$85,340
Marriage and Family Therapists$72,060
Health Care Social Workers$64,820
Substance Abuse Counselors$53,770
Social Workers$52,750
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington is 8,980.

Social Workers earn an average of $52,750 per year or $25.36 per hour in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Social Workers earn an average of $51,589 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington are Forensic Psychologists($102,980), Psychology Teachers($90,210), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($87,880).


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