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2004 National study of Licensed Social Workers Demographic Fact Sheet – Female Social Workers*

  • Most female social workers are Non-Hispanic, White (86%); the remainder are Black/African American (8%), Hispanic/Latino (3%), or "Other" (3%).
  • Eighty-three percent of female social workers hold an MSW degree, and 2 percent hold a doctoral degree.
  • Thirty-eight percent of female social workers have between one and five years of practice experience.
  • Females social workers are most likely to be employed in the private not-for-profit employment sector (37%). Those with MSW degrees are most likely to be employed in hospital centers (13%).
  • Female social workers are most likely to identify mental health as their primary area of practice (33%).
  • On average, female social workers remain with the same employer for eight years.
  • The average salary of female social workers is $49,100.
  • The average salary of those with an MSW degree is $51,600.
  • Most female social workers (72%) plan to remain in their current job for the next two years.
  • Seventy-three percent of those surveyed cited salary as the most important factor that would influence a job change.
  • Female social workers not currently employed generally reported "Other" as the top reason for not working (35%).

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