Salary for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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 usually gets an average wage somewhere between 32000 and 48000 depending on education and tenure levels. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers can get a compensation of Forty Thousand Three Hundred dollars per annum.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers are compensated the highest in New Jersey, where they get salary pay of approximating $59000. People holding this job title can obtain the highest salaries in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, where they get average job salaries of $47700.

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HOURLY RATE
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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 11.62 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $47,700
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $47,500
Management of Companies and Enterprises $46,790
Educational Services $46,170
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $43,220
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,750
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Other Services (except Public Administration) $39,740
Health Care and Social Assistance $40,750
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $43,220
Educational Services $46,170
Management of Companies and Enterprises $46,790
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $47,500
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