Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

During 2008, the median salary for substance abuse and mental health social workers exceeded $37,000 a year. Those with salaries in the 50th percentile made anywhere from $28,910 to $48,560 annually. Substance abuse social workers with salaries in the bottom 10th percentile made under $21,770, and those with salaries in the upper 10th percentile made $61,430 or more a year. Median salaries for substance abuse social workers employed by these organizations during 2008 were as follows:
  • Outpatient care centers$36,660
  • Individual and family services35,900
  • Residential mental retardation, mental health and substance abuse facilities33,950

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,,

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