Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in State College is 160.
  • Social Workers in State College earn an average of $42,230 per year or $20.30 per hour.
  • The percentage of Pennsylvania Social Workers who work in State College is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in State College is less than 1%.

Rankings for State College

  • Ranks #21 in Pennsylvania for salary and #3 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #19 in Pennsylvania for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #449 in the nation for salary and #89 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #358 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Pennsylvania

State College Social Workers earn an average of $42,230 or $20.30 per hour which is 14% less than the Pennsylvania average salary of $49,390.

AverageState CollegePennsylvania% Difference
Hourly Wage$20.30$23.75-14.53%
Annual Salary$42,230$49,390-14.50%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

State College Social Workers earn an average of $42,230 or $20.30 per hour which is 23% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageState CollegeU.S.%
Hourly Wage$20.30$26.39-23.08%
Annual Salary$42,230$54,880-23.05%
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 State College earns an average annual salary of $42,493 which compares to the Pennsylvania average annual salary of $49,390. per year.

Cost-of-living in State College is 1% less than the Pennsylvania average, which means State College residents have an overall less 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.
  • State College average salary is $42,230.
  • State College cost-of-living adjusted salary is $42,493.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
State College$42,23099.38%$42,493
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 State College, 50% of Social Workers earn between $33,840 and $47,310 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $60,040, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $28,790, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year16Under $28,790
15%2 – 4 years24$28,790 – $33,840
25%5 – 9 years40$33,840 – $37,300
25%10 – 14 years40$37,300 – $47,310
15%15 – 20 years24$37,300 – $60,040
10%20+ years16Above $60,040
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 $42,230, State College Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($76,390), School Psychologists ($73,060), Health Care Social Workers ($59,140), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($49,790).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$76,390
School Psychologists$73,060
Health Care Social Workers$59,140
Substance Abuse Counselors$49,790
Social Workers$42,230
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for State College Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in State College is 160.

Social Workers earn an average of $42,230 per year or $20.30 per hour in State College.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in State College Social Workers earn an average of $42,493 per year or $20 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in State College are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($76,390), School Psychologists($73,060), Health Care Social Workers($59,140).


Additional Salary Reports for Social Workers in Pennsylvania cities and Metros and U.S. States.

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