Salary Report for Texas Social Workers

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Texas is 21,370.
  • Social Workers in Texas earn an average of $49,310 per year or $23.71 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Texas is 6%.
  • Texas will need 23,880 new Social Workers by 2030 or 2,340 new psychologists per year.

Texas Rankings

  • Texas ranks #28 in the U.S. for Social Workers salary and #18 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Texas ranks #3 in the U.S. for the total number of Social Workers employed.
  • Texas ranks #3 in U.S. for the number of new Social Workers needed by 2030.
  • Texas ranks #11 in U.S. for the percentage of new Social Workers needed by 2030.

Compare Texas to U.S.

Texas Social Workers earn an average of $49,310 which is 10% less than the national average salary of $54,880.

TypeTexasU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$23.71$26.39-10.16%
Average Annual Salary$49,310$54,880-10.15%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Texas, 50% of Social Workers earn between $42,160 and $59,770 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $61,190, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $31,880, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year2,137Under $31,880
15%2 – 4 years3,206$31,880 – $42,160
25%5 – 9 years5,342$42,160 – $47,390
25%10 – 14 years5,342$47,390 – $59,770
15%15 – 20 years3,206$47,390 – $61,190
10%20+ years2,137Above $61,190
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Adjusted for Cost-of-Living

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Social Workers in Texas psychologists earn about $49,538 per year which is less than the average U.S. psychologist of $54,880.

Cost-of-living in Texas is 0% less than the national average, which means Texas residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to other states.

  • National average salary for Social Workers is $54,880.
  • Average Texas Social Workers salary is $49,310.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Texas Social Workers earn an average salary of $49,538.

More cost-of-living reports for U.S. States.

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $49,310, Texas Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($101,680), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($82,510), Psychology Teachers ($71,240), School Psychologists ($71,080), Health Care Social Workers ($64,840), Marriage and Family Therapists ($56,950), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($49,510).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$101,680
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$82,510
Psychology Teachers$71,240
School Psychologists$71,080
Health Care Social Workers$64,840
Marriage and Family Therapists$56,950
Substance Abuse Counselors$49,510
Social Workers$49,310
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Projected Demand for Psychologists in 2030

The U.S. Department of Labor projects that in Texas the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Social Workers (23,880), Substance Abuse Counselors (17,960) and Health Care Social Workers (13,380).

The three professions in Texas needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (28.2%), Health Care Social Workers (19.4%) and Psychology Teachers (15.7%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Social Workers20,87023,88014.4%2,340
Substance Abuse Counselors14,01017,96028.2%1,860
Health Care Social Workers11,21013,38019.4%1,340
Forensic Psychologists3,1303,4209.3%240
Psychology Teachers2,6103,02015.7%300
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Texas Cities

The average salary for Social Workers in Texas is $49,310. The top cities that pay Social Workers the most are Odessa ($52,500), San Angelo ($51,970) and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ($51,540).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Social Workers the highest average annual salary are McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ($54,424), San Angelo ($53,972) and Big Thicket Region of Texas ($53,510).

The following table shows the average yearly salary range for Social Workers in each city, and the average yearly salary after being adjusted for cost-of-living in that state.

The difference column shows how much more or less purchasing power a Social Workers salary will have in that area.

AreaAverage SalaryCOL AdjustedDifference
Odessa$52,500$52,427$-73
San Angelo$51,970$53,972$2,002
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington$51,540$49,058$-2,482
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land$50,530$50,495$-35
Sherman-Denison$50,330$53,254$2,924
San Antonio-New Braunfels$50,230$51,297$1,067
Austin-Round Rock$50,120$49,234$-886
Laredo$49,750$53,334$3,584
Midland$49,540$47,448$-2,092
Killeen-Temple$49,320$52,273$2,953
Amarillo$49,190$51,149$1,959
Abilene$49,120$52,012$2,892
Tyler$48,920$50,464$1,544
Waco$48,880$51,763$2,883
Big Thicket Region of Texas$48,860$53,510$4,650
Wichita Falls$48,710$53,049$4,339
North Texas Region of Texas$48,640$53,269$4,629
Beaumont-Port Arthur$48,470$51,862$3,392
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission$48,160$54,424$6,264
Victoria$47,720$50,042$2,322
Corpus Christi$47,130$48,663$1,533
Coastal Plains Region of Texas$46,600$51,035$4,435
College Station-Bryan$46,560$48,974$2,414
West Texas Region of Texas$46,540$50,969$4,429
El Paso$46,250$49,619$3,369
Texarkana$45,020$50,499$5,479
Hill Country Region of Texas$44,700$48,954$4,254
Lubbock$44,470$46,517$2,047
Longview$43,770$46,653$2,883
Border Region of Texas$43,010$47,103$4,093
Brownsville-Harlingen$39,150$43,616$4,466
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Texas Social Workers

Texas Social Workers earn between $31,880 and $61,190 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 21,370 Social Workers employed in Texas which is about 6% of the U.S. total.

Forensic Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Texas with an average annual wage of $101,680.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $31,880 a year in Texas

The most Social Workers work in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area where 5,770 Social Workers are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Social Workers in Texas earn 49,538 per year, while the average across the United States earns $54,880.

By 2030, Texas will need 23,880 Social Workers. A total of 2,340 Social Workers will need to enter into the Texas work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Abilene

Average Social Workers Salary: $49,120
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $52,012
Hourly Wage: $23.62
Currently Employed: 210
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.44
Abilene Salary Report

Amarillo

Average Social Workers Salary: $49,190
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $51,149
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 270
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.17
Amarillo Salary Report

Austin-Round Rock

Average Social Workers Salary: $50,120
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $49,234
Hourly Wage: $24.10
Currently Employed: 1,630
Cost-of-Living Index: 101.80
Austin-Round Rock Salary Report

Beaumont-Port Arthur

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,470
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $51,862
Hourly Wage: $23
Currently Employed: 280
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.46
Beaumont-Port Arthur Salary Report

Big Thicket Region of Texas

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,860
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $53,510
Hourly Wage: $23.49
Currently Employed: 280
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.31
Big Thicket Region of Texas Salary Report

Border Region of Texas

Average Social Workers Salary: $43,010
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $47,103
Hourly Wage: $21
Currently Employed: 120
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.31
Border Region of Texas Salary Report

Brownsville-Harlingen

Average Social Workers Salary: $39,150
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $43,616
Hourly Wage: $18.82
Currently Employed: 700
Cost-of-Living Index: 89.76
Brownsville-Harlingen Salary Report

Coastal Plains Region of Texas

Average Social Workers Salary: $46,600
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $51,035
Hourly Wage: $22
Currently Employed: 260
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.31
Coastal Plains Region of Texas Salary Report

College Station-Bryan

Average Social Workers Salary: $46,560
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $48,974
Hourly Wage: $22.39
Currently Employed: 130
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.07
College Station-Bryan Salary Report

Corpus Christi

Average Social Workers Salary: $47,130
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $48,663
Hourly Wage: $23
Currently Employed: 380
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.85
Corpus Christi Salary Report

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

Average Social Workers Salary: $51,540
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $49,058
Hourly Wage: $24.78
Currently Employed: 5,770
Cost-of-Living Index: 105.06
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Salary Report

El Paso

Average Social Workers Salary: $46,250
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $49,619
Hourly Wage: $22
Currently Employed: 480
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.21
El Paso Salary Report

Hill Country Region of Texas

Average Social Workers Salary: $44,700
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $48,954
Hourly Wage: $21.49
Currently Employed: 480
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.31
Hill Country Region of Texas Salary Report

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

Average Social Workers Salary: $50,530
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,495
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 3,750
Cost-of-Living Index: 100.07
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Salary Report

Killeen-Temple

Average Social Workers Salary: $49,320
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $52,273
Hourly Wage: $23.71
Currently Employed: 460
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.35
Killeen-Temple Salary Report

Laredo

Average Social Workers Salary: $49,750
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $53,334
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 240
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.28
Laredo Salary Report

Longview

Average Social Workers Salary: $43,770
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $46,653
Hourly Wage: $21.04
Currently Employed: 250
Cost-of-Living Index: 93.82
Longview Salary Report

Lubbock

Average Social Workers Salary: $44,470
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $46,517
Hourly Wage: $21
Currently Employed: 470
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.60
Lubbock Salary Report

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,160
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $54,424
Hourly Wage: $23.16
Currently Employed: 500
Cost-of-Living Index: 88.49
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission Salary Report

Midland

Average Social Workers Salary: $49,540
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $47,448
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 100
Cost-of-Living Index: 104.41
Midland Salary Report

North Texas Region of Texas

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,640
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $53,269
Hourly Wage: $23.38
Currently Employed: 610
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.31
North Texas Region of Texas Salary Report

Odessa

Average Social Workers Salary: $52,500
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $52,427
Hourly Wage: $25
Currently Employed: 110
Cost-of-Living Index: 100.14
Odessa Salary Report

San Angelo

Average Social Workers Salary: $51,970
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $53,972
Hourly Wage: $24.99
Currently Employed: 160
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.29
San Angelo Salary Report

San Antonio-New Braunfels

Average Social Workers Salary: $50,230
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $51,297
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 2,210
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.92
San Antonio-New Braunfels Salary Report

Sherman-Denison

Average Social Workers Salary: $50,330
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $53,254
Hourly Wage: $24.20
Currently Employed: 90
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.51
Sherman-Denison Salary Report

Texarkana

Average Social Workers Salary: $45,020
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,499
Hourly Wage: $22
Currently Employed: 90
Cost-of-Living Index: 89.15
Texarkana Salary Report

Tyler

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,920
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $50,464
Hourly Wage: $23.52
Currently Employed: 140
Cost-of-Living Index: 96.94
Tyler Salary Report

Victoria

Average Social Workers Salary: $47,720
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,042
Hourly Wage: $23
Currently Employed: 100
Cost-of-Living Index: 95.36
Victoria Salary Report

Waco

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,880
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $51,763
Hourly Wage: $23.50
Currently Employed: 300
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.43
Waco Salary Report

West Texas Region of Texas

Average Social Workers Salary: $46,540
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,969
Hourly Wage: $22
Currently Employed: 270
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.31
West Texas Region of Texas Salary Report

Wichita Falls

Average Social Workers Salary: $48,710
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $53,049
Hourly Wage: $23.42
Currently Employed: 120
Cost-of-Living Index: 91.82
Wichita Falls Salary Report

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