Salary Comparison of a Teacher Vs. Social Worker

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Teachers and social workers have median salaries that generally fall within $5,000 of each other, with teachers typically earning more. This salary difference is seen throughout the two fields with teachers earning more than social workers even when they have the same degree or work in the same city. Looking at experience, social workers consistently earn less than teaches with the same experience level.

Teacher Experience

  • Veteran K-12 teachers, those with 20 plus years of experience, have a median salary of $56,800 according to PayScale.com. Those with 10 to 19 years of experience have a median salary of $49,400 while those with 5 to 9 years have a median salary of $42,500. Teachers with one to four years of experience have a median salary of $37,000. Beginning teachers with less than one year of experience have the lowest median salary of $34,200.

Social Worker Experience

  • Like teachers, social workers with the most experience generally have higher salaries than those with less. Veteran social workers (20 plus years of experience) have a median salary of $48,600 according to PayScale.com. As of March 2010, social workers with five to nine years of experience have a median salary of $38,200 while those with even less (one to four years) have a lower median of $33,300. The social workers with the lowest salaries are of course those with less than one year of experience. They have a median of $30,300.

Bachelor's Degree

  • There are many educational routes that teachers and social workers may travel. The routes generally begin with a bachelor's degree. Teachers who earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA/AB) have a higher salary than social workers who do. According to PayScale.com, teachers with a BA/AB have a median salary of $41,400 while social workers with the same degree have a median salary of $34,200. The same story exists with people with a Bachelor of Science (BS). Those working as teachers have median salary of $43,100 while those working as social workers have a median salary of $36,400.

Master's Degree

  • Many teachers pursue a master's degree. Those who attain a Master of Arts (MA) in Education have a median salary of $47,600 as of March 2010. Teachers who pursue a Master of Education (MEd) have a median salary of $44,800. Social workers also may attain a master's degree Those who earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) have a median salary of $46,000 according to PayScale.com.

City

  • In comparing and contrasting the salaries of teachers and social workers, it is also nice to examine salary differences within the same city. For example, New York City teachers have a median salary of $50,600 while social workers in the same area earn about $5,000 less each year. In Chicago, teachers have a median salary of $44,600 and social workers have a median salary of $38,300. A similar parallel is drawn in Los Angeles, with teachers there earning a median salary of $50,100 and social workers earning a median salary of $44,600.

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