Social worker salaries

Depending on the employing agency, social workers are covered by a range of professional awards. The 2017 salaries for social workers employed by NSW Health are reproduced on this page.

The complete award conditions for social workers in NSW public hospitals can be found on the NSW Health (pay rates and conditions) website.

Detailed information about social worker salaries in other fields of practice can be obtained from individual employers as well as the Australian Association of Social Workers.


NSW Health Service Health Professionals (State) Award

From July 1, 2017, the salaries for social workers who qualified for the maximum remuneration in each of the various classifications in the NSW Health Service Health Professionals (State) Award (pdf, 123kB) were as follows:

  2017

Social Worker Level 1 – Year 4

$72,018

Social Worker Level 2 – Year 4

$88,627

Social Worker Level 3 – Year 2

$98,516

Social Worker Level 4 – Year 2

$106,026

Social Worker Level 5 – Year 2

$114,113

Social Worker Level 6 – Year 2

$122,813

Social Worker Level 7 – Year 3

$142,170

Social Worker Level 8 – Year 4

$156,743