According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, social workers had a median wage of $44,200 in 2012, which corresponds to a median hourly wage of $21.25. The occupation is expected to experience faster than average growth through 2022.
The median pay for social workers in each field varies considerably. For example, the median wage for social workers working in state, local and private hospitals was $56,290 in 2012, well above the overall median wage for the occupation. The 90th-percentile annual wage for a social worker was $72,980. Social workers act in a wide range of environments to help people cope with issues in their everyday lives.