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Hospital MSW + BSW Rate Increase in 2016


Social Worker Average Percent Increase







2016 - 2017 Hospital Salary & Benefits Report

The hourly rate of Social Workers (MSWs) in hospitals increased 1.94% in 2016, according to the 2016-2017 Hospital Salary & Benefits Report, just published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS).  Comparatively, the hourly rate of BSWs increased 1.23%. 

The hourly rates for MSWs ranged from an average of $33.41 in hospitals with less than 200 beds; $33.76 in hospitals with 200-499 beds; and an average of $33.69 for those with 500 beds or greater. 

BSWs received an hourly average rate of $30.21 in for-profit hospitals compared to an average of $24.31 in not-for-profit hospitals.

Highlights of the Report include:

  • 443 participants reporting on over 71,400+ employees

  • 200+ positions, including corporate, management, nursing, rehab, dietary, and technical

  • Data reported by bed-size, profit type, revenue, region, and state

  • Percentile reported: 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, 90th and average

  • Fringe benefits, shift data, turnover rates and planned increases

Data are effective as of May 2016.  The complete Report is available as a hard copy or PDF for $390 from HCS.  The salary/hourly data Report results in Excel may be purchased in addition to the published Report for $300.

Since 1971, HCS has served the healthcare industry by conducting and publishing an array of comprehensive, reliable compensation reports.  HCS currently publishes 11 different Reports on an annual basis.  In addition, the firm conducts custom marketplace studies to support its clients. 

To order, or for more information, visit the HCS website at www.hhcsinc.com, or call (201) 405-0075.

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