Post # 1
This is my first job offer since graduating college. I’d be working with mentally ill adolescents in a group home setting. The pay is $33,000 per year with benefits, and the potential to make more money by working overtime including triple time on holidays.
I’m under no illusions, I’ll never be a millionaire working in social services – but is 33 okay? I have no idea what’s fair or when I should try to negotiate higher. It sounded good to me but anything sounds good to me at this point LOL.
I currently don’t have many expenses, had to move back home after school and I’m not being charged rent. Just have the usual – car, phone, groceries, credit cards and wedding.
Post # 3
From what my SIL has said about salaries in that field, that’s pretty awesome! Congrats!
Post # 4
From what I hear about social work…yeah I’d say it’s pretty average/decent starting pay. Can’t really see much higher than that without any experience. I’m sure it does depend on the area though.
Post # 5
My cousin’s wife is in social services… I don’t even think she can dream of getting such a high amount, despite living in Chicagland. Congrats!!
Post # 7
Congratulations on the job offer! I have one friend who works in social services in Boston, and that sounds about right to me!
Post # 8
Unfortunately, yes. Which is why I’m no longer in the field! Best of luck to you.
Post # 9
Sounds about right, if not a little higher than normal starting but that may depend of where you are at.
Post # 10
Yeah, it’s area-dependent, but would be stellar where I am!
Post # 11
Human Services positions have the unfortunate reputation for being underpaid, and having low starting salaries. Considering this, I still think 33,000 is awfully low. I know someone who just graduated with her MSW and her starting salary is 60,000, which is about average for all the Social Workers that I know. I think it’s completely possible to get twice the amount they’re offering. My advice would be to take the job to gain good experience and then move into something higher paying in a year or so. I have Social Work friends who work at the VA and make mid 70’s, so don’t get discouraged with the bad reputation. There IS money to be made in the field.
Post # 12
@NoneForGretchenWeiners: that’s good to know! I actually don’t have my MSW yet though. I have a BA, so I’m not being offered a social worker position. This is more of a counseling assistant type of job, but I am hoping to go for my MSW in the next couple of years.
thanks for the replies everyone!!
Post # 13
I think that’s too low but I live in jersey. Cost of living is very high here. A close friends first job working for similar child welfare services started at like 45k. But if you live in a different area 33k could be average especially if you don’t have many expenses.