Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Charleston-North Charleston is 370.
  • Social Workers in Charleston-North Charleston earn an average of $48,640 per year or $23.39 per hour.
  • The percentage of South Carolina Social Workers who work in Charleston-North Charleston is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Charleston-North Charleston is less than 1%.

Rankings for Charleston-North Charleston

  • Ranks #2 in South Carolina for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in South Carolina for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #247 in the nation for salary and #112 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #188 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to South Carolina

Charleston-North Charleston Social Workers earn an average of $48,640 or $23.39 per hour which is 6% more than the South Carolina average salary of $45,710.

AverageCharleston-North CharlestonSouth Carolina% Difference
Hourly Wage$23.39$21.986.41%
Annual Salary$48,640$45,7106.41%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Charleston-North Charleston Social Workers earn an average of $48,640 or $23.39 per hour which is 11% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageCharleston-North CharlestonU.S.%
Hourly Wage$23.39$26.39-11.37%
Annual Salary$48,640$54,880-11.37%
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 Charleston-North Charleston earns an average annual salary of $49,811 which compares to the South Carolina average annual salary of $45,710. per year.

Cost-of-living in Charleston-North Charleston is 2% less than the South Carolina average, which means Charleston-North Charleston residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to South Carolina average.

  • South Carolina average salary is $45,710.
  • South Carolina cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,875.
  • Charleston-North Charleston average salary is $48,640.
  • Charleston-North Charleston cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,811.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Charleston-North Charleston$48,64097.65%$49,811
South Carolina$45,71091.65%$49,875
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 Charleston-North Charleston, 50% of Social Workers earn between $39,780 and $49,840 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $60,950, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $37,060, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year37Under $37,060
15%2 – 4 years56$37,060 – $39,780
25%5 – 9 years92$39,780 – $47,110
25%10 – 14 years92$47,110 – $49,840
15%15 – 20 years56$47,110 – $60,950
10%20+ years37Above $60,950
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 $48,640, Charleston-North Charleston Social Workers tend to earn less than School Psychologists ($74,280), and Health Care Social Workers ($63,400).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($48,570).

TitleAnnual Salary
School Psychologists$74,280
Health Care Social Workers$63,400
Social Workers$48,640
Substance Abuse Counselors$48,570
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Charleston-North Charleston Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Charleston-North Charleston is 370.

Social Workers earn an average of $48,640 per year or $23.39 per hour in Charleston-North Charleston.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Charleston-North Charleston Social Workers earn an average of $49,811 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Charleston-North Charleston are School Psychologists($74,280), Health Care Social Workers($63,400), Social Workers($48,640).


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

Official Data Sources for Social Workers: Salary Data | Projected Employment | Cost of Living Data