Salary Report for Vermont Social Workers

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Vermont is 1,120.
  • Social Workers in Vermont earn an average of $53,060 per year or $25.51 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Vermont is less than 1%.
  • Vermont will need 1,320 new Social Workers by 2030 or 130 new psychologists per year.

Vermont Rankings

  • Vermont ranks #21 in the U.S. for Social Workers salary and #19 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Vermont ranks #45 in the U.S. for the total number of Social Workers employed.
  • Vermont ranks #45 in U.S. for the number of new Social Workers needed by 2030.
  • Vermont ranks #14 in U.S. for the percentage of new Social Workers needed by 2030.

Compare Vermont to U.S.

Vermont Social Workers earn an average of $53,060 which is 3% less than the national average salary of $54,880.

TypeVermontU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$25.51$26.39-3.33%
Average Annual Salary$53,060$54,880-3.32%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Vermont, 50% of Social Workers earn between $46,640 and $60,250 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $72,920, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $36,910, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year112Under $36,910
15%2 – 4 years168$36,910 – $46,640
25%5 – 9 years280$46,640 – $49,340
25%10 – 14 years280$49,340 – $60,250
15%15 – 20 years168$49,340 – $72,920
10%20+ years112Above $72,920
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 Vermont psychologists earn about $53,407 per year which is less than the average U.S. psychologist of $54,880.

Cost-of-living in Vermont is 1% less than the national average, which means Vermont 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 Vermont Social Workers salary is $53,060.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Vermont Social Workers earn an average salary of $53,407.

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

Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $53,060, Vermont Social Workers tend to earn less than Forensic Psychologists ($92,370), Psychology Teachers ($83,770), School Psychologists ($76,670), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($69,060), and Health Care Social Workers ($57,020).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($48,890).

TitleAnnual Salary
Forensic Psychologists$92,370
Psychology Teachers$83,770
School Psychologists$76,670
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$69,060
Health Care Social Workers$57,020
Social Workers$53,060
Substance Abuse Counselors$48,890
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 Vermont the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (2,240), Social Workers (1,320) and Health Care Social Workers (590).

The three professions in Vermont needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (21.7%), Health Care Social Workers (15.7%) and Social Workers (13.8%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Substance Abuse Counselors1,8402,24021.7%230
Social Workers1,1601,32013.8%130
Health Care Social Workers51059015.7%60
Forensic Psychologists1401507.1%10
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Vermont Cities

The average salary for Social Workers in Vermont is $53,060. The top cities that pay Social Workers the most are Burlington-South Burlington ($56,490), Southern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area ($53,980) and Northern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area ($49,620).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Social Workers the highest average annual salary are Burlington-South Burlington ($57,885), Southern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area ($55,313) and Northern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area ($50,845).

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
Burlington-South Burlington$56,490$57,885$1,395
Southern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area$53,980$55,313$1,333
Northern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area$49,620$50,845$1,225
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Vermont Social Workers

Vermont Social Workers earn between $36,910 and $72,920 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 1,120 Social Workers employed in Vermont which is about 0% of the U.S. total.

Forensic Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Vermont with an average annual wage of $92,370.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $36,910 a year in Vermont

The most Social Workers work in the Northern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area area where 420 Social Workers are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Social Workers in Vermont earn 53,407 per year, while the average across the United States earns $54,880.

By 2030, Vermont will need 1,320 Social Workers. A total of 130 Social Workers will need to enter into the Vermont work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Burlington-South Burlington

Average Social Workers Salary: $56,490
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $57,885
Hourly Wage: $27.16
Currently Employed: 330
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.59
Burlington-South Burlington Salary Report

Northern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Social Workers Salary: $49,620
Adjusted for Cost of Living: $50,845
Hourly Wage: $24
Currently Employed: 420
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.59
Northern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

Southern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area

Average Social Workers Salary: $53,980
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $55,313
Hourly Wage: $25.95
Currently Employed: 360
Cost-of-Living Index: 97.59
Southern Vermont Nonmetropolitan Area Salary Report

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