Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Memphis is 1,410.
  • Social Workers in Memphis earn an average of $45,750 per year or $22.00 per hour.
  • The percentage of Tennessee Social Workers who work in Memphis is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Memphis is less than 1%.

Rankings for Memphis

  • Ranks #6 in Tennessee for salary and #2 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #2 in Tennessee for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #333 in the nation for salary and #242 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #49 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Tennessee

Memphis Social Workers earn an average of $45,750 or $22.00 per hour which is 1% less than the Tennessee average salary of $46,280.

AverageMemphisTennessee% Difference
Hourly Wage$22$22.25-1.12%
Annual Salary$45,750$46,280-1.15%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Memphis Social Workers earn an average of $45,750 or $22.00 per hour which is 16% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageMemphisU.S.%
Hourly Wage$22$26.39-16.64%
Annual Salary$45,750$54,880-16.64%
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 Memphis earns an average annual salary of $49,342 which compares to the Tennessee average annual salary of $46,280. per year.

Cost-of-living in Memphis is 7% less than the Tennessee average, which means Memphis 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.
  • Memphis average salary is $45,750.
  • Memphis cost-of-living adjusted salary is $49,342.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Memphis$45,75092.72%$49,342
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 Memphis, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,300 and $51,080 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $60,580, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $30,960, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year141Under $30,960
15%2 – 4 years212$30,960 – $37,300
25%5 – 9 years352$37,300 – $43,930
25%10 – 14 years352$43,930 – $51,080
15%15 – 20 years212$43,930 – $60,580
10%20+ years141Above $60,580
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 $45,750, Memphis Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($118,390), Forensic Psychologists ($83,140), Psychology Teachers ($77,540), School Psychologists ($76,740), and Health Care Social Workers ($55,480).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($42,390), and Marriage and Family Therapists ($44,100).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$118,390
Forensic Psychologists$83,140
Psychology Teachers$77,540
School Psychologists$76,740
Health Care Social Workers$55,480
Social Workers$45,750
Marriage and Family Therapists$44,100
Substance Abuse Counselors$42,390
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Memphis Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Memphis is 1,410.

Social Workers earn an average of $45,750 per year or $22.00 per hour in Memphis.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Memphis Social Workers earn an average of $49,342 per year or $24 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Memphis are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($118,390), Forensic Psychologists($83,140), Psychology Teachers($77,540).


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