More Money–Less Money: Factors Associated with the Highest and Lowest Social Work Salaries

Source: National Association of Social Workers, 2007

As with any profession, there are a number of factors that are commonly associated with higher earnings. The study found that social work salaries were highly variable.

This report highlights the role of salary in retaining professional workers, particularly newer workers. Of particular concern is the relationship between low salaries and agencies that are likely to provide services to the most vulnerable clients– underscoring a long-held belief that social workers’ salaries are closely linked to the societal value placed on their clients. Competitive and fair salaries are the first step to assuring that a competent social work workforce is going to be available to meet the needs of agencies and their clients in the coming decades.

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