Social Worker Salary in Australia

AU$78,600
per year
per hour
AU$41.60
per hour
per year
Bonus
AU$2,650/year
Bonus
AU$3.10/hour

Social Worker - Average Salary

The average salary for a Social Worker is AU$78,600 per year (AU$41.60 per hour), which is AU$13,240 (+20%) higher than the national average salary in Australia.
A Social Worker can expect an average starting salary of AU$42,450. The highest salaries can exceed AU$125,000.
AU$42,450
Low
AU$78,600
Average
AU$125,000
High
AU$25.70
Low
AU$41.60
Average
AU$56.20
High
Total compensation includes salary and bonus.
AU$0
AU$68,500
AU$136,970
Base SalaryAU$42,450 - 125,000
BonusAU$0 - 11,970
Total CompensationAU$42,450 - 136,970
AU$0
AU$35.10
AU$70.10
Base SalaryAU$25.70 - 56.20
BonusAU$0 - 13.9
Total CompensationAU$25.70 - 70.10

Social Worker Salary - Distribution

Low
AU$42,450
Average
AU$78,600
Senior
AU$93,500
High
AU$125,000
Low
AU$25.70
Average
AU$41.60
Senior
AU$46.30
High
AU$56.20
Among social workers, Entry-Level Social Workers tend to have the lowest salaries, while more experienced workers like Senior Social Workers enjoy the highest salaries.

Social Worker - Salary Differences

JobSalaryDifference
Senior Social WorkerAU$94K/year
+19% 
Oncology Social WorkerAU$83K/year
+6% 
Healthcare Social WorkerAU$81K/year
+3% 
Social Worker Grade 2AU$80K/year
+2% 
School Social WorkerAU$79K/year
+1% 
Geriatric Social WorkerAU$78K/year
 -1%
Social Worker Grade 1AU$76K/year
 -4%
Prison Social WorkerAU$72K/year
 -8%
Entry-Level Social WorkerAU$42K/year
 -46%

Social Worker - Pay by Experience Level

An entry level Social Worker with less than three years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of AU$45,100. A mid career Social Worker with 4-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$71,300, while a senior Social Worker with 10-20 years of experience makes on average AU$93,500. Social workers with more than 20 years of experience earn AU$102,600 on average.

How Work Experience Affects the Salary of a Social Worker

Late Career▲ +31%
Senior▲ +19%
Average SalaryAU$78,600/year
Mid Career▼ -9%
Entry Level▼ -43%

Gender Breakdown

Female
87%
Male
13%

Social Worker - Jobs by Location

Social Worker - Related Salaries

The salary information presented on this page is based on all Social Worker jobs published on Jobted in the last 12 months.
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