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By David Lasuertmer

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Social Work is a field that boasts an impressively wide spectrum of career possibilities. While the discipline is famous for its important and meaningful contributions to society, it is not generally associated with impressive pay relative to the achievements and background of its work force. There are, however, plenty of jobs in the social work profession that are both fulfilling and can offer more than adequate compensation.  The following is a list we have put together to highlight some of the highest paying jobs in social work.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for healthcare and social services, but will vary by specialization.” If you’re interested in finding out about well-paid and meaningful careers in social work, you’re in the right place!

Our unique ranking takes its figures on pay and job outlook from Payscale and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  and sources career information primarily from the National Association of Social Worker‘s and the Council on Social Work Education‘s websites. Our ranking criteria considers average annual compensation, job outlook, as well as the inclusion of a wide diversity of career paths for the aspiring and curious social worker.


Average Salary: $93,400

Job Outlook: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) currently does not have data on the job outlook of workers involved in sustainability activities.

Social work has evolved from a profession focusing on people living in poverty to one associated with governmental programming to one offering counseling and health-related services in nonprofit and private-practice settings. But now there is an emerging trend: Social workers are moving into corporate America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nearly a 20 percent growth in social work jobs by 2022, with many of them in the private sector outside of what used to be the “normal” social worker’s environment. Today’s worker expects corporations to be socially responsible. People are no longer just looking for a product or service. They also pay attention to how companies contribute to the greater good in society and in their employees’ lives. Communities expect corporations to give back in some way, and thus corporate social responsibility helps companies be successful.

Most of the socially responsible efforts by corporations are in areas traditionally supported by social work, including public safety, community development, education, public health and diversity. Over the past few decades, many corporations have learned to tap into the expertise of social workers by creating roles for them within the corporate hierarchy. companies have found that social workers’ expertise in social justice fits well to meet their specific needs. Google, for example, has recently hired a social worker to review privacy and user policies and determine how to identify and address child pornography in Google searches. Social workers can also play a vital role in the establishment of the structure and policy of an organization. Because social workers are trained in interconnectivity and the systems operating in people’s lives, they bring new perspectives on organization management. For instance, they can help establish healthy conversations when organizations struggle with change or problematic dynamics such as bullying or harassment. They can also help establish policy and practices for recognition and appreciation of workplace diversity as well as training employees. We are still just scratching the surface when it comes to corporate social workers.

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