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Salary Equality: In it for Outcomes & Incomes

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Consultant

The following is from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work:

#SWsalary Twitter Chat
11.10.16:
Salary Equality: In it for Outcomes & Incomes

Social Workers require extensive education and training to provide necessary services to nearly every group of people.  Why then are social workers are underpaid in comparison to other professions that require the same level of education and training?  The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the national average income of all workers with master’s degrees is $69,732. However, in comparison, the national average income for master level social workers is only $56,110.  By attending universities and gaining the education necessary to practice social work, students are accruing large sums of debt which makes our debt to income ratio one of the largest in the nation.

This is a problem that must be addressed. How do we as social workers work together to fix salary inequalities?  How can we convince decision makers and public officials that our education level and expertise demand higher pay?

Please, join us on November 10, 2016 at 12pm CST.

Here are the questions we hope to discuss during the chat:

1.)   How do we as social workers better market our skills to increase social work salaries?

2.)   How do we increase the job opportunities for graduating social work students to justify the expense of the education?

3.)   How can we show decision makers that reduced job turnover benefits clients?

4.)   What are potential funding mechanisms to increase salary?

5.)   Who are our allies?

6.)   What can we do to promote higher social work pay?

Resources:

BLS Employment Outlook Handbook for Social Workers

NASW: Salary, Education, Benefits, and Job Descriptions of Nurses, Teachers, and Social Workers: A Comparative Analysis

NASW Texas: Compensation Policy Priority 2012-2013

Is the MSW the New MBA?

Social Worker Reinvestment Act Website

Salary Negotiation Strategies for Social Workers

NASW: Summary of 2010 Key Compensation Findings

About us:

This twitter chat is hosted by a group of graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin. The course, Information Systems and Technology in Social Work, is part of the Administrative and Policy Practice concentration in the Master of Science of Social Work program, and emphasizes the use of information technology in human service delivery and management. This project requires students to plan and participate in a Macro Social Work Twitter chat.

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Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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