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2021 Highest Paid Social Work Graduates

22,681 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,412 Avg Salary
$24,297 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Social Work School for You

Highest Paid Social Work GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 22,681 people earned their bachelor's in social work, making the major the #24 most popular in the United States. The social work school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Highest Paid Social Work Graduates.

This year's Highest Paid Social Work Graduates ranking looked at 292 colleges that offer a bachelor's in social work.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Social Work Majors Make After Graduation?

After graduation, social work majors from schools in the United States earn an average salary of $30,412 per year. If salary is one of the most important things on your career list, you may be disappointed to hear that this is 24% less than the salary of a typical college graduate.

Average Salary for Social Work Graduates from Schools Nationwide  30,412
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Social Work Grads in United States

The following colleges produce the highest paid social work graduates.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Social Work Graduates

Our rankings recognize University of Nevada - Reno as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Reno, UNR is a public school with a fairly large student population. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $41,700.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at UNR take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,960. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $208.

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Concordia College at Moorhead earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Concordia College Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $41,300.

Social Work majors at Concordia College Moorhead take out an average of $24,058 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#2

New York University

New York, NY

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to New York University. NYU is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of New York.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at NYU accumulate an average of around $19,521 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $218.

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Minot State University landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social work school. MSU is a small public school located in the town of Minot. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in social work from the school is $41,200.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at MSU accumulate an average of around $15,274 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#4

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

Our rankings recognize St Catherine University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. St. Kate's is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in social work from the school is $40,700.

On average, social work graduates from St. Kate's take out $30,047 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $315, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The College of Saint Scholastica comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Duluth, St. Scholastica is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in social work from the school is $40,500.

After completing their bachelor's degree, social work graduates from St. Scholastica carry an average student debtload of $18,493. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $205, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

University of North Dakota landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social work school. UND is a large public school located in the city of Grand Forks. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in social work from the school is $40,300.

Social Work majors at UND take out an average of $22,480 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $249, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco State University earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of San Francisco, SFSU is a public college with a very large student population. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $39,600.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at SFSU accumulate an average of around $18,073 in student debt.

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Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lamar University. Lamar University is a large public school located in the medium-sized city of Beaumont.

After completing their bachelor's degree, social work graduates from Lamar University carry an average student debtload of $32,184. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $304.

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University of Nevada - Las Vegas earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. UNLV is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Las Vegas. Students who receive their bachelor's in social work from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $39,400.

On average, social work graduates from UNLV take out $24,724 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $275, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#9

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social work school. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bronx.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at Fordham U accumulate an average of around $33,849 in student debt.

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#9

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI

Viterbo University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Viterbo is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of La Crosse. Students who receive their bachelor's in social work from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,600.

On average, social work graduates from Viterbo take out $30,975 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $282, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#10

Winona State University

Winona, MN

The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Winona State University. Winona State is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Winona. Students who receive their bachelor's in social work from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $38,600.

On average, social work graduates from Winona State take out $23,971 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social work school. Located in the city of Saint Paul, UST MN is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,500.

On average, social work graduates from UST MN take out $24,307 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#12

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN

The #12 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Metropolitan State University. Located in the large city of Saint Paul, Metropolitan State University is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in social work from the school is $38,400.

The average amount in student loans that social work majors at Metropolitan State University take out while working on their bachelor's is $18,675. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $190.

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#12

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

Our rankings recognize Syracuse University as the #12 school in this year's rankings. Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Syracuse.

After completing their bachelor's degree, social work graduates from Syracuse carry an average student debtload of $24,602. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $275, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Bemidji State University earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. Bemidji State University is a small public school located in the remote town of Bemidji. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, social work graduates from Bemidji State University carry an average student debtload of $23,952. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Anderson University Indiana comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Anderson, Anderson University Indiana is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at Anderson University Indiana accumulate an average of around $24,682 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Southern Connecticut State University comes in at #14 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized city of New Haven, SCSU is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $38,100.

On average, social work graduates from SCSU take out $26,859 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $273.

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#15

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Adelphi University comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Adelphi is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Garden City.

Social Work majors at Adelphi take out an average of $22,901 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $259, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato comes in at #15 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public college with a large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, social work majors make an average salary of $38,000.

After completing their bachelor's degree, social work graduates from Minnesota State University - Mankato carry an average student debtload of $22,546. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $241, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Minnesota State University - Moorhead. Located in the suburb of Moorhead, Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a public school with a medium-sized student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in social work from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $37,300.

On average, social work graduates from Minnesota State University - Moorhead take out $23,344 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $223.

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#16

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid social work school. Located in the midsize city of Providence, Providence is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at Providence accumulate an average of around $25,733 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - San Bernardino as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of San Bernardino, Cal State San Bernardino is a public school with a fairly large student population. Social Work majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $37,000.

While working on their bachelor's, social work majors at Cal State San Bernardino accumulate an average of around $16,724 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $156, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Our rankings recognize Monmouth University as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, social work graduates from Monmouth carry an average student debtload of $24,901. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $280.

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Rest of the Top Schools for Highest Paid Social Work Graduates

#26

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, NY
#27

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#29

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#32

Manchester University

North Manchester, IN
#33

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX
#34

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA
#35

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA
#35

Seattle University

Seattle, WA
#36

Portland State University

Portland, OR
#36

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT
#37

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#38

Chapman University

Orange, CA
#41

Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the colleges awarded a Highest Paid Social Work Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 292 different United States social work schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
46 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
49 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
50 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
51 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
53 Baylor University Waco, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Social Work students seeking high pay that almost earned our Highest Paid Social Work Graduates award.

Rank College Location
44 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
45 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
46 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
47 Whittier College Whittier, CA
48 University of North Texas Denton, TX
49 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
50 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
51 Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio, TX
52 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
53 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
54 Wright State University - Main Campus Dayton, OH
55 Molloy College Rockville Centre, NY
55 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
56 Keuka College Keuka Park, NY
56 Creighton University Omaha, NE
57 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
57 Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS
58 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
58 Luther College Decorah, IA
65 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
67 Widener University Chester, PA
69 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
71 George Fox University Newberg, OR
72 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN

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Social Work is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Social Work

Related Major Annual Graduates
Human Services 6,503
Public Administration 3,195
Public Policy 2,308
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,625
Other Public Administration 327

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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