Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Knoxville is 790.
  • Social Workers in Knoxville earn an average of $45,160 per year or $21.71 per hour.
  • The percentage of Tennessee Social Workers who work in Knoxville is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Knoxville is less than 1%.

Rankings for Knoxville

  • Ranks #7 in Tennessee for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #3 in Tennessee for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #349 in the nation for salary and #291 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #80 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Tennessee

Knoxville Social Workers earn an average of $45,160 or $21.71 per hour which is 2% less than the Tennessee average salary of $46,280.

AverageKnoxvilleTennessee% Difference
Hourly Wage$21.71$22.25-2.43%
Annual Salary$45,160$46,280-2.42%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Knoxville Social Workers earn an average of $45,160 or $21.71 per hour which is 17% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageKnoxvilleU.S.%
Hourly Wage$21.71$26.39-17.73%
Annual Salary$45,160$54,880-17.71%
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 Knoxville earns an average annual salary of $49,269 which compares to the Tennessee average annual salary of $46,280. per year.

Cost-of-living in Knoxville is 8% less than the Tennessee average, which means Knoxville 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.
  • Knoxville average salary is $45,160.
  • Knoxville cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,269.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Knoxville$45,16091.66%$49,269
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 Knoxville, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,300 and $51,190 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $56,820, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $35,290, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year79Under $35,290
15%2 – 4 years118$35,290 – $37,300
25%5 – 9 years198$37,300 – $44,480
25%10 – 14 years198$44,480 – $51,190
15%15 – 20 years118$44,480 – $56,820
10%20+ years79Above $56,820
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 $45,160, Knoxville Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($93,440), Psychology Teachers ($81,690), School Psychologists ($68,950), and Health Care Social Workers ($47,410).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($39,120), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($41,460).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$93,440
Psychology Teachers$81,690
School Psychologists$68,950
Health Care Social Workers$47,410
Social Workers$45,160
Marriage and Family Therapists$41,460
Substance Abuse Counselors$39,120
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Knoxville Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Knoxville is 790.

Social Workers earn an average of $45,160 per year or $21.71 per hour in Knoxville.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Knoxville Social Workers earn an average of $49,269 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Knoxville are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($93,440), Psychology Teachers($81,690), School Psychologists($68,950).


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