What is the average salary for social service workers?
The salary varies. The Government of Canada job bank, outlines the average salary for social service workers in community services, range from the lowest end, $16.00 per hour or ($30,080) per year, to the higher end of $32.12 per hour or ($60,386) per year in Ontario as of 2021. To note, many public service positions (government) pay more than these posted numbers. The average median salary of social service workers in Ontario was approximately $22.57 per hour or ($42,432) per year in 2021.
The associations salary position statement intends to validate that every person deserves an income that is fair, equitable, competitive, and meets the individuals overall needs, in the context of their local economy. Social service workers are highly trained, college-educated, regulated and provide critical social services to a variety of vulnerable people and communities, regardless of sector. The association recognizes, in the community services (non-profit) sector, funding is and will always be a challenge. The Market Basket Measure (MBM) in conjunction with the job bank data, from the Government of Canada, was utilized to formulate the associations position with recommended minimum social service worker compensation threshold, for specifically the community services sector. Please note the association cannot regulate, control, or enforce salaries.
Employers should consider the nature of work, environment of work and what is considered competitive, in their local economy, when formulating compensation. Employers are additionally strongly encouraged to be transparent in posting their entire wage scale, in their position advertisements to prevent discrimination (gender-based, racial etc.). Compensation should increasingly scale upwards based upon inflation rates and also based upon performance and experience. Compensation as well may need to shift to correlate to the overall expenses of housing, nutrition, child care etc. These overall expenses may be more in particular rural, remote, Indigenous, or other specific communities. We encourage employers to strive to exceed the recommended threshold when possible.
- Small sized communities in Ontario 2022 populations centres under 99,999 people: community service employers are recommended to compensate social service workers (entry-level graduates) at the minimum rate of $23.65 per hour or ($49,192) per year based upon a 40-hour work week.
- Medium sized communities in Ontario 2022 population centres from 100,000 to 500,000 people: community service employers are recommended to compensate social service workers (entry-level graduates) at the minimum rate of $25.09 per hour or ($52,187) per year based upon a 40-hour work week.
- Large sized communities in Ontario 2022 population centres over 500,000: community service employers are recommended to compensate social service workers (entry-level graduates) at the minimum rate of $27.25 per hour or ($56,680) per year based upon a 40-hour work week.