Salary Report for Delaware Social Workers

  • The number of Social Workers currently employed in Delaware is 1,110.
  • Social Workers in Delaware earn an average of $41,450 per year or $19.93 per hour.
  • The percentage of U.S. Social Workers who work in Delaware is less than 1%.
  • Delaware will need 1,500 new Social Workers by 2030 or 150 new psychologists per year.

Delaware Rankings

  • Delaware ranks #47 in the U.S. for Social Workers salary and #22 when adjusted for cost-of-living.
  • Delaware ranks #46 in the U.S. for the total number of Social Workers employed.
  • Delaware ranks #43 in U.S. for the number of new Social Workers needed by 2030.
  • Delaware ranks #15 in U.S. for the percentage of new Social Workers needed by 2030.

Compare Delaware to U.S.

Delaware Social Workers earn an average of $41,450 which is 24% less than the national average salary of $54,880.

TypeDelawareU.S.% Difference
Average Hourly Wage$19.93$26.39-24.48%
Average Annual Salary$41,450$54,880-24.47%
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary Range by Education and Experience

In Delaware, 50% of Social Workers earn between $37,060 and $46,440 a year, depending on factors such as level of education, experience, location and place of employment.

About 10% of Social Workers earn more than $50,500, a rate generally associated with highly educated and experienced Social Workers.

Approximately 10% of Social Workers earn under $30,730, a rate generally reserved for less experienced or entry level Social Workers.

PercentExperienceEmployedAnnual Salary
10%Less than a Year111Under $30,730
15%2 – 4 years166$30,730 – $37,060
25%5 – 9 years278$37,060 – $38,810
25%10 – 14 years278$38,810 – $46,440
15%15 – 20 years166$38,810 – $50,500
10%20+ years111Above $50,500
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 Delaware psychologists earn about $42,352 per year which is less than the average U.S. psychologist of $54,880.

Cost-of-living in Delaware is 2% less than the national average, which means Delaware 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 Delaware Social Workers salary is $41,450.
  • Adjusted for cost-of-living, Delaware Social Workers earn an average salary of $42,352.

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Salary Compared to Related Professions

With an average annual salary of $41,450, Delaware Social Workers tend to earn less than Clinical and Counseling Psychologists ($129,450), School Psychologists ($74,220), Health Care Social Workers ($56,330), Marriage and Family Therapists ($54,540), and Substance Abuse Counselors ($47,950).

TitleAnnual Salary
Clinical and Counseling Psychologists$129,450
School Psychologists$74,220
Health Care Social Workers$56,330
Marriage and Family Therapists$54,540
Substance Abuse Counselors$47,950
Social Workers$41,450
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 Delaware the three professions needing the most new psychologists by 2030 are Social Workers (1,500), Substance Abuse Counselors (810) and Health Care Social Workers (710).

The three professions in Delaware needing highest percentage new psychologists by 2030 are Substance Abuse Counselors (35%), Social Workers (13.6%) and Health Care Social Workers (12.7%).

Title20202030ChangeYearly Openings
Social Workers1,3201,50013.6%150
Health Care Social Workers63071012.7%70
Substance Abuse Counselors60081035%90
Psychology Teachers10011010%10
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, 2022*

Salaries Ranked by Delaware Cities

The average salary for Social Workers in Delaware is $41,450. The top cities that pay Social Workers the most is Dover ($41,420).

When adjusted for cost-of-living, the cities that pay Social Workers the highest average annual salary is Dover ($43,651).

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
Dover$41,420$43,651$2,231
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Department of Commerce – 2022*

Salary FAQ for Delaware Social Workers

Delaware Social Workers earn between $30,730 and $50,500 a year depending on their level of education, experience and skill.

There are currently 1,110 Social Workers employed in Delaware which is about 0% of the U.S. total.

Clinical and Counseling Psychologists are the highest paid psychologists in Delaware with an average annual wage of $129,450.

An entry level psychologist makes as much as $30,730 a year in Delaware

The most Social Workers work in the Dover area where 210 Social Workers are employed.

After being adjusted for cost-of-living, Social Workers in Delaware earn 42,352 per year, while the average across the United States earns $54,880.

By 2030, Delaware will need 1,500 Social Workers. A total of 150 Social Workers will need to enter into the Delaware work forces each year.

City and Rural Summaries

Dover

Average Social Workers Salary: $41,420
Adjusted for Cost-of-Living: $43,651
Hourly Wage: $19.91
Currently Employed: 210
Cost-of-Living Index: 94.89
Dover Salary Report

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