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States with social work schools

How will your social work education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the social work education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 852 brick and mortar social work schools.

Top Schools

The following schools that have social work programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Pennsylvania - located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. University of California-Berkeley - located in Berkeley, California

Student Demographics

In 2010, degrees in social work were earned by 41,019 students in the US. Of these students, 665 received certifications in social work, 19,676 received an undergraduate degree in social work, and 20,678 received a graduate-level degree in social work.


Students can pursue education in social work at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Social Work
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Doctoral Degree in Social Work
  • Certificate in Social Work

Social work students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying social work:

  • Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Research
  • Intervention
  • Written and Verbal Communication
  • Death and Dying


On average in 2010, social work schools in the US charged $23,357 in tuition per year. The social work schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Tulane University of Louisiana - located in New Orleans, Louisiana, students paid $40,584

The following social work schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of South Florida-Main Campus - located in Tampa, Florida, students paid $4,577
  3. Appalachian State University - located in Boone, North Carolina, students paid $4,491

How will your social work job compare?

A large number of social work majors work as social workers after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 143,080 social workers working in the US. The largest numbers of social workers work in the following states:

  1. California - 11,490 Social Workers
  2. New York - 9,890 Social Workers
  3. Michigan - 9,030 Social Workers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people working as a social worker will grow by 15%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 170,220 social workers working in the US. Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for social workers to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 42%
  2. Idaho - 35%
  3. Wyoming - 29%


Social workers in the US can make an average of $46,467 per year. However, factors such as location, your exact job description, or experience can cause the salary for a social worker to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of social workers earn less than $17,290 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $143,240 per year. On average, a social worker earns the most in the following states:

  1. Washington DC - $70,370 per year
  2. Nevada - $64,290 per year
  3. Connecticut - $59,920 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for social workers:

  1. Mississippi - $36,900 per year
  2. New Mexico - $37,040 per year
  3. South Dakota - $38,470 per year

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social work?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 276,100 $43,850 7.7%
Healthcare Social Workers 143,080 $49,200 27.5%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 119,960 $41,880 -0.1%
Social Workers, All Other 69,920 $52,270 14.7%