All data is specific to San Diego County

Fast Facts?

  • Average Annual Salary $61,143
  • Hourly Pay Entry Level: $24.30
    Median: $29.40
    Experienced: $34.87
  • Growth (2014-2019)10%
  • Openings (2014-2019)131
  • Current Employment 1,353
  • Projected Employment 1,393
  • Typical Entry-level Education Bachelor's degree

Health Care Social Workers

Employment, 2004 - 2019

Top Knowledge,
Skills and Abilities

  • TECHNICAL
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health
  • Treatment
  • Therapy
  • Crises Intervention
  • NON-TECHNICAL
  • Planning
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Spanish
  • File Management

occupational tasks

  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs
  • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life
  • Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy

Gender Breakdown: Male/Female (percentages)