Salary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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Also known as:  Community Mental Health Social Worker, Drug Abuse Social Worker, Psychiatric Social Worker, Psychotherapist Social Worker

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Mental health and substance abuse social workers use group therapy and crisis intervention, among other techniques, to assess and treat individuals with emotional, mental, or substance abuse problems. They may lead or work in cooperation with prevention and educaiton prgrams. These professionals monitor treatment plans and assess progress, making changes to therapies and other treatment measures as necessary based on patient progress. In addition to working directly with the afflicted indvidual, these social workers may also counsel family members, and assist them in understanding their relative's condition. A Bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for social workers, although many also have completed their Master's degree.

A Mental Health or Substance Abuse Social Worker can receive salaries ranging between $30,770 and $87,420 depending on seniority. get an average salary of fifty-four thousand five hundred and fourty dollars annually.

are paid at the highest average level in New Jersey, where they get an average salary rate of close to $91,070. People in this career receive the best pay in Finance and Insurance, where they get average job salaries of $66,310.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.12 percent nationwide in that time.

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
$66,310
Public Administration
$60,760
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$56,420
Educational Services
$55,430
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,310

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
$48,330
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$50,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$52,310
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,220
Educational Services
$55,430
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$56,420