Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is 250.
  • Social Workers in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area earn an average of $45,010 per year or $21.64 per hour.
  • The percentage of Tennessee Social Workers who work in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is less than 1%.

Rankings for East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area

  • Ranks #8 in Tennessee for salary and #13 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #9 in Tennessee for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #356 in the nation for salary and #479 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #269 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Tennessee

East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Social Workers earn an average of $45,010 or $21.64 per hour which is 2% less than the Tennessee average salary of $46,280.

AverageEast Tennessee Nonmetropolitan AreaTennessee% Difference
Hourly Wage$21.64$22.25-2.74%
Annual Salary$45,010$46,280-2.74%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Social Workers earn an average of $45,010 or $21.64 per hour which is 17% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageEast Tennessee Nonmetropolitan AreaU.S.%
Hourly Wage$21.64$26.39-18.00%
Annual Salary$45,010$54,880-17.98%
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 East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area earns an average annual salary of $52,337 which compares to the Tennessee average annual salary of $46,280. per year.

Cost-of-living in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is 14% less than the Tennessee average, which means East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Tennessee average.

  • Tennessee average salary is $46,280.
  • Tennessee cost-of-living adjusted salary is $50,222.
  • East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area average salary is $45,010.
  • East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area cost-of-living adjusted salary is $52,337.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area$45,01086.00%$52,337
Tennessee$46,28092.15%$50,222
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 East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area, 50% of Social Workers earn between $38,980 and $51,340 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $58,010, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $30,390, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year25Under $30,390
15%2 – 4 years38$30,390 – $38,980
25%5 – 9 years62$38,980 – $46,200
25%10 – 14 years62$46,200 – $51,340
15%15 – 20 years38$46,200 – $58,010
10%20+ years25Above $58,010
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Compared to Related Professions

Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($35,170), and Health Care Social Workers ($44,650).

TitleAnnual Salary
Social Workers$45,010
Health Care Social Workers$44,650
Substance Abuse Counselors$35,170
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area is 250.

Social Workers earn an average of $45,010 per year or $21.64 per hour in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area Social Workers earn an average of $52,337 per year or $25 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in East Tennessee Nonmetropolitan Area are Social Workers($45,010), Health Care Social Workers($44,650), Substance Abuse Counselors($35,170).


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

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