Social worker salaries

Depending on the employing agency, social workers are covered by a range of professional awards. The 2014 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, 2014, the salaries for social workers who qualified for the maximum remuneration in each of the various classifications in NSW public hospitals were as follows:

  2014

Social Worker Level 1 – Year 4

$66,875

Social Worker Level 2 – Year 4

$82,299

Social Worker Level 3 – Year 2

$91,482

Social Worker Level 4 – Year 2

$98,456

Social Worker Level 5 – Year 2

$105,965

Social Worker Level 6 – Year 2

$114,044

Social Worker Level 7 – Year 3

$132,019

Social Worker Level 8 – Year 4

$145,551