Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Charlottesville is 300.
  • Social Workers in Charlottesville earn an average of $53,290 per year or $25.62 per hour.
  • The percentage of Virginia Social Workers who work in Charlottesville is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Charlottesville is less than 1%.

Rankings for Charlottesville

  • Ranks #3 in Virginia for salary and #1 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #5 in Virginia for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #139 in the nation for salary and #134 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #217 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to Virginia

Charlottesville Social Workers earn an average of $53,290 or $25.62 per hour which is 8% less than the Virginia average salary of $58,100.

AverageCharlottesvilleVirginia% Difference
Hourly Wage$25.62$27.93-8.27%
Annual Salary$53,290$58,100-8.28%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Charlottesville Social Workers earn an average of $53,290 or $25.62 per hour which is 2% less than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageCharlottesvilleU.S.%
Hourly Wage$25.62$26.39-2.92%
Annual Salary$53,290$54,880-2.90%
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 Charlottesville earns an average annual salary of $55,149 which compares to the Virginia average annual salary of $58,100. per year.

Cost-of-living in Charlottesville is 3% less than the Virginia average, which means Charlottesville residents have an overall less cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to Virginia average.

  • Virginia average salary is $58,100.
  • Virginia cost-of-living adjusted salary is $57,536.
  • Charlottesville average salary is $53,290.
  • Charlottesville cost-of-living adjusted salary is $55,149.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Charlottesville$53,29096.63%$55,149
Virginia$58,100100.98%$57,536
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 Charlottesville, 50% of Social Workers earn between $45,990 and $60,650 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $76,010, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $37,510, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year30Under $37,510
15%2 – 4 years45$37,510 – $45,990
25%5 – 9 years75$45,990 – $49,360
25%10 – 14 years75$49,360 – $60,650
15%15 – 20 years45$49,360 – $76,010
10%20+ years30Above $76,010
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 $53,290, Charlottesville Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($85,890), and Health Care Social Workers ($63,480).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Substance Abuse Counselors ($51,430).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$85,890
Health Care Social Workers$63,480
Social Workers$53,290
Substance Abuse Counselors$51,430
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Charlottesville Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Charlottesville is 300.

Social Workers earn an average of $53,290 per year or $25.62 per hour in Charlottesville.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Charlottesville Social Workers earn an average of $55,149 per year or $27 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Charlottesville are Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($85,890), Health Care Social Workers($63,480), Social Workers($53,290).


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