Benchmark Salary Information

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim is 20,810.
  • Social Workers in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim earn an average of $69,540 per year or $33.44 per hour.
  • The percentage of California Social Workers who work in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim is less than 1%.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim is 6%.

Rankings for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim

  • Ranks #3 in California for salary and #4 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in California for the number of psychologists employed.
  • Ranks #10 in the nation for salary and #7 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Ranks #1 in the nation for the number of psychologists employed.

Compared to California

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Social Workers earn an average of $69,540 or $33.44 per hour which is 7% more than the California average salary of $64,940.

AverageLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCalifornia% Difference
Hourly Wage$33.44$31.227.11%
Annual Salary$69,540$64,9407.08%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Compared to the U.S.

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Social Workers earn an average of $69,540 or $33.44 per hour which is 26% more than the U.S. average salary of $54,880.

AverageLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimU.S.%
Hourly Wage$33.44$26.3926.71%
Annual Salary$69,540$54,88026.71%
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 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim earns an average annual salary of $62,150 which compares to the California average annual salary of $64,940. per year.

Cost-of-living in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim is 12% higher than the California average, which means Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim residents have an overall higher cost for food, housing, utilities and transportation compared to California average.

  • California average salary is $64,940.
  • California cost-of-living adjusted salary is $58,833.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim average salary is $69,540.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim cost-of-living adjusted salary is $62,150.
LocationAverage Annual WageCost of LivingAdjusted COL Wage
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim$69,540111.89%$62,150
California$64,940110.38%$58,833
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 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, 50% of Social Workers earn between $49,420 and $79,280 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $98,560, which is a rate for highly skilled, experienced and educated Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $39,110, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year2,081Under $39,110
15%2 – 4 years3,122$39,110 – $49,420
25%5 – 9 years5,202$49,420 – $63,310
25%10 – 14 years5,202$63,310 – $79,280
15%15 – 20 years3,122$63,310 – $98,560
10%20+ years2,081Above $98,560
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 $69,540, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Social Workers tend to earn less than Psychology Teachers ($141,130), Industrial Organizational Psychologists ($136,940), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($122,170), Forensic Psychologists ($112,390), School Psychologists ($90,010), and Health Care Social Workers ($81,660).

However, Social Workers tend to earn more than Marriage and Family Therapists ($55,760), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($59,610).

TitleAnnual Salary
Psychology Teachers$141,130
Industrial Organizational Psychologists$136,940
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$122,170
Forensic Psychologists$112,390
School Psychologists$90,010
Health Care Social Workers$81,660
Social Workers$69,540
Substance Abuse Counselors$59,610
Marriage and Family Therapists$55,760
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

FAQ for Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Social Workers

The number of Social Workers currently employed in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim is 20,810.

Social Workers earn an average of $69,540 per year or $33.44 per hour in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim.

When adjusted for Cost of Living in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Social Workers earn an average of $62,150 per year or $30 per hour.

The types of psychologists that are paid the highest annual salary in Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim are Psychology Teachers($141,130), Industrial Organizational Psychologists($136,940), Clinical and Counseling Psychologists($122,170).


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