Social workers aim to improve the lives of others each day. Whether they serve their clients’ physical or mental health, social workers deserve to find the same balance and happiness they help provide. Today, on World Social Workers day, we explore how social workers could and should improve their own lives through travel social work jobs.
Barton wants to help social workers find a better stay, with better pay. By switching to a travel position, social workers could get paid up to 128 percent more than their permanently placed counterparts, turning a median salary of $60,840 into earnings closer to $77,875 on average.
Here are the states where you can make the most as a travel social worker:
Though one of the smaller markets in the country, the District of Columbia has the highest median salary for social workers nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median wage in this area is $87,000- nearly a 150 percent increase from the national average. Travel social workers are in high demand. Ready to land a job in the nation’s capital? Learn more about living as a travel social worker in Washington, D.C.!
In contrast, the Golden state is the second largest market for healthcare social workers in the nation. On average, according to BLS, social workers can expect a salary of $84,690 a year. CA offers more on both ends of the spectrum than most states. The bottom ten percent of earners still come away with nearly $50,000, while the top ten percentile can earn around $126,880. Use your new earnings to experience life with family and friends at a variety of fun-filled locations throughout the state.
This average size market provides the third highest median salary for healthcare social workers in the country at $79,870 (BLS). Similarly to California, Oregon has one of the best salary spreads of any state. The lowest earners make an average of $50,590, while top-of-the-range salaries in the state average $103,900 a year. Find your fit in Oregon, whether it’s in metropolitan Portland, or the beautiful countryside; there are plenty of places to fulfill your professional, and personal needs! Download your Oregon travel guide.
How would you like to work in one of the planet’s premiere vacation destinations? Working as a travel social worker in Hawaii is a great gig. Islands aside, Hawaii boasts the fourth highest median salary for social workers in the country. According to BLS, the pay range of this state is between $48 – 99,000, with an average wage of $73,960 a year. Hit the waves after a long day, or check out other island attractions. Either way, find a job in Hawaii today!
Despite being the smallest state in the nation, Rhode Island offers a steady salary range of $49,940 – 81,440. With an average wage of $73,230, Rhodies receive the fifth highest compensation in the nation when it comes to healthcare social work, according to BLS. On your time off. check out some of the quaint, historical architecture, or find a place to dine downtown with our Rhode Island guide.
Even if it isn’t one of these top-five states, let us help you find your happy place! We offer opportunities for travel social workers all across the country, and can place you where you find your best balance. Fill out a form or apply to a travel job to speak with a recruiter today!