What does a Lead Social Worker do?

Social workers provide direct service that assists clients with their needs that pertain to everyday life issues, complications, and problems, including incidents of neglect, abuse, or domestic violence, or with mental health, and substance abuse challenges. Social workers also assist with adoption and terminal illness diagnoses and work with specific populations, including children, the disabled, and the addiction community.

Social workers collaborate with their clients to assess their goals and adjust them as needed. When appropriate, they may also offer their clients and patients outside referrals for support groups or other mental health professionals. Social workers may work with a client or patient to craft a plan with coping strategies that address their health or well-being. If needed, social workers may also work with the client or patient to secure government intervention or assistance if necessary, or to respond to moments of crises. Social workers need a minimum bachelor's degree in social work and certification or a master's degree.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Lead Social Worker Salaries

Average Base Pay

$72,588 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$51K
Median: $73K
$104K
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Lead Social Worker Career Path

Learn how to become a Lead Social Worker, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L4
Lead Social Worker
$72,588/yr
L5
Social Worker V
$51,575/yr
L6
Phd Social Worker
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Lead Social Worker Insights

Read what Lead Social Worker professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Dayton Children's HospitalDayton Children's Hospital
Medical Social Worker
Jan 31, 2021

“Fantastic supervisor; she is very supportive and is one of the best bosses I’ve ever had.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas | HCSCBlue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Texas | HCSC
Support Worker
May 28, 2021

“The facility was very close to my apartment and It was top rated and with good reviews.”

Hollyburn Family ServicesHollyburn Family Services
Social Services
Dec 5, 2020

“You get to work with social workers and law enforcement which is also a great learning opportunity”

Toronto District School BoardToronto District School Board
Child and Youth Worker
Sep 27, 2019

“Experience and starting pay is good dependent on where you are and what you're looking for in your career.”

Texas Department of Family and Protective ServicesTexas Department of Family and Protective Services
Child Protective Specialist
Nov 4, 2020

“This is a very rewarding career and you will meet people from all walks of life.”

AmeriCorpsAmeriCorps
AmeriCorps VISTA
May 2, 2021

“The pay is federal minimum wage and I was lucky to have done my AmeriCorps year while in college.”

Louisiana Department of Children and Families ServicesLouisiana Department of Children and Families Services
Social Service Analyst
Feb 23, 2021

“I have a great supervisor who didn’t mind helping and training me when I first started.”

SafeHouse of Shelby County
Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate
Jan 25, 2021

“Great way to learn about the dynamics of domestic violence and provide direct services to this population.”

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