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MSW vs RN salary?

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Its always said that social workers make no money (and yes I agree that with a bachelors they don't) but at the hospital I volunteer at the licensed clinical social workers with a masters make about the same as the floor nurses ($65,000 a year). And it seems like they have better benefits and respect than the nurses?

So why is social work always said to be such a low paid profession.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

As an RN with a lowly associate degree, I earned more money than $65k annually without any overtime in a low cost-of-living state. I only worked three shifts weekly. In my honest opinion, a salary of $65k for a position that requires a graduate degree is not that much money.

Comparing nursing to social work is akin to comparing apples and oranges, so it is not really a fair comparison.

As an RN with a lowly associate degree, I earned more money than $65k annually without any overtime in a low cost-of-living state. I only worked three shifts weekly. In my honest opinion, a salary of $65k for a position that requires a graduate degree is not that much money.

Comparing nursing to social work is akin to comparing apples and oranges, so it is not really a fair comparison.

I guess when you put it that way it makes more sense, the fact that an MSW has a masters and a nurse in many cased has only an associates yet the pay is similar.

My first degree is in Social Work and I considered going back for my MSW but chose nursing instead. A nursing degree is much more marketable in my opinion. The nursing field is so much larger than the social work field. I would also look at how much experience one would need for the $65K LCSW job versus a $65k nursing job. I expect the LCSW would need more years of experience for that salary. Also look at how many LCSW job openings there are versus nursing jobs at any given time.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

Its always said that social workers make no money (and yes I agree that with a bachelors they don't) but at the hospital I volunteer at the licensed clinical social workers with a masters make about the same as the floor nurses ($65,000 a year). And it seems like they have better benefits and respect than the nurses?

So why is social work always said to be such a low paid profession.

The Social Worker has a Master's Degree which took more time and more money to complete and she's making the same money as the floor RN who probably has max a Bachelor's Degree. $65,000 salary for someone with a Master's is low, in my opinion. I'm not sure what you mean by they have "better benefits"- if both the nurse and the social worker are employed by the same institution, their benefits are probably the same. I don't think social workers necessarily get more respect either, especially not in the inpatient world.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 14 years experience.

The Social Worker has a Master's Degree which took more time and more money to complete and she's making the same money as the floor RN who probably has max a Bachelor's Degree.
Your point is salient. I know someone who is a LMSW at a local SNF/LTC facility. She has the MSW degree, earns about $57,000 annually and is weighted down by nearly $100,000 in student loan debt due to attending a private university for six years.