Teachers and social workers both play important essential roles in society. Teachers are responsible for influencing new adults and a completely new generation of people who will be the future of our world. Social workers also are very influential on future generations through their work with children and families. On an average, teachers get paid more than social workers even when they have the same educational qualifications and experience. However, the actual salary may vary depending on several factors including whether or not a social worker has an administrative position or works in private practice. Also, states differ in pay and whether one works for a county or government agency is also a factor. Jobs at correctional facilities or drug rehab centers can also be higher paying.
Most social workers have a bachelor’s degree in social work, but they might have a related degree in psychology or sociology. A high number of social workers get the MSW or masters degree. After completing the master’s degree, candidates may opt for a license with their local state boards. Teachers also complete the bachelor degree, may continue their education with a masters in education and they may also opt for a doctoral program. In this comparison, teachers with a bachelor’s degree and experience get paid between forty to forty six thousand dollars, while social workers with a similar background get paid a median salary of $36,400. Teachers with a master’s degree get paid in the range of forty four thousand to forty eight thousand dollars. Social workers with a master’s degree in social work often earn between forty five thousand and forty seven thousand dollars. However, keep in mind that if someone see clients on the side privately or is in a group private practice, the earnings can be higher. Teachers also can make more money if they have a specialization such as reading or do tutoring on the side. (more…)