Salary of an Adoption Agency Counselor

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Adoption counselors are paid to find adoptive homes for children.

Adoption agency counselors are social workers who play an important role in arranging adoptions and finding foster homes for children who need them. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these counselors are classified as child, family and school social workers. The bureau indicates that there were a total of 276,100 social workers employed in this capacity in 2010. Salaries for social workers tend to vary by state and education level.

  1. Pay Scale

    • The average salary of adoption agency counselors and other child and family social workers was $43,850 per year in 2010. According to the BLS, the median salary for those working in this field was $40,210 per year. The middle 50 percent of those working in this field made salaries ranging from $32,270 to $52,450, with the highest paid social workers making salaries of $68,030 or higher. At the low end of the pay scale were those who earned $26,170 or less per year.


    • The salary of adoption agency counselors and other social workers can vary by employer. Most adoption agencies are run by the state in which the counselor works. The average salary for those working for state governments was $43,500 per year. By comparison, those working for social advocacy organizations made $36,880 per year, while those working for local government agencies earned $49,060.


    • Where in the country the adoption agency counselor works also provides an indication of how much she can expect to make. The highest-paying state in which to work as a child and family social worker was Connecticut with an average salary of $61,310. Those working in California earned an average of $50,090 per year, while those in New York earned $51,280. Salaries were much lower for those in Texas, who averaged $38,610.

    Job Outlook

    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for family and child social workers should grow by about 12 percent during the period from 2008 to 2018. The bureau indicates that slow and steady growth should occur in this field, but some of that growth may be hampered by funding from state and local governments.

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