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Social workers who specialize in children and family welfare made a median salary of $41,530 in 2012, according to the BLS. The best-paid 10 percent in the field earned $71,000, while the lowest-paid made approximately $26,720. The school system offers some of the best salaries for this position, but home health care services also pay well. The top-paying metropolitan areas include three cities in Connecticut: Waterbury, Danbury and New Haven.

Job Salary Year
2004 $32,640.00
2006 $40,540.00
2008 $36,810.00
2010 $49,200.00
2012 $45,300.00

Average Child and Family Social Worker Pay vs. All Social Services Jobs

With an average salary of $45,300 per year, child and family social workers earn slightly more than mental health counselors ($43,290) and substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors ($40,920). However, they earn less than many other jobs. For instance, marriage and family therapists earned $49,270 and clinical social workers made $51,460.

Job Name Salary
Clinical Social Worker $49,830.00
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,670.00
Child and Family Social Worker $41,530.00
Mental Health Counselor $40,080.00
Substance Abuse Counselor $38,520.00

Best Paying Cities for Child and Family Social Workers

The highest paid in the child and family social worker profession work in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., Waterbury, Conn., and Danbury, Conn. The New Haven, Conn. area also pays well, as does the city of Lake County, Ill.

Nassau, N.Y.

Average Salary: $67,400 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a child and family social worker working in Nassau, N.Y. is $67,400, which is $25,870 more than the average pay in the profession.

Waterbury, Conn.

Average Salary: $65,180 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a child and family social worker working in Waterbury, Conn. is $65,180, which is $23,650 more than the average pay in the profession.

Danbury, Conn.

Average Salary: $63,970 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a child and family social worker working in Danbury, Conn. is $63,970, which is $22,440 more than the average pay in the profession.

New Haven, Conn.

Average Salary: $63,560 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a child and family social worker working in New Haven, Conn. is $63,560, which is $22,030 more than the average pay in the profession.

Lake County, Ill.

Average Salary: $63,520 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a child and family social worker working in Lake County, Ill. is $63,520, which is $21,990 more than the average pay in the profession.

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