Social Work Schools In California

California has 31 accredited social work schools where social work faculty who teach social work classes can find employment. The following statistics and charts help analyze the current state of the social work academic community in California, and the future trends in social work training at the following levels:

  • Social Work Certificate
  • Bachelors degree in Social Work
  • Masters degree in Social Work
  • PhD degree in Social Work


Schools

  1. Azusa Pacific University

    901 E Alosta, Azusa, California 91702-7000

    170 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  2. California State University-Bakersfield

    9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, California 93311-1099

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  3. California State University-Stanislaus

    One University Circle, Turlock, California 95382-0299

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  4. California State University-San Bernardino

    5500 University Pky, San Bernardino, California 92407-2397

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  5. California State University-Chico

    First and Normal Sts, Chico, California 95929-0150

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  6. California State University-Dominguez Hills

    1000 E Victoria St, Carson, California 90747-0005

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  7. California State University-Fresno

    5241 N Maple Ave, Fresno, California 93740

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  8. California State University-Fullerton

    800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, California 92831-3599

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  9. California State University-East Bay

    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward, California 94542

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  10. California State University-Long Beach

    1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, California 90840-0115

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  11. California State University-Los Angeles

    5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, California 90032

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  12. California State University-Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, California 91330

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  13. California State University-Sacramento

    6000 J St, Sacramento, California 95819-2694

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  14. University of California-Berkeley

    Berkeley, California 94720

    21 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  15. University of California-Los Angeles

    405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, California 90095-1405

    25 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  16. University of California-Santa Cruz

    1156 High St, Santa Cruz, California 95064-1011

    75 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  17. Chapman University

    One University Dr., Orange, California 92866

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  18. Fresno Pacific University

    1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, California 93702-4709

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  19. Humboldt State University

    1 Harpst Street, Arcata, California 95521-8299

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  20. Humphreys College-Stockton and Modesto Campuses

    6650 Inglewood Ave, Stockton, California 95207-3896

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  21. La Sierra University

    4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside, California 92515-8247

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  22. Loma Linda University

    Loma Linda, California 92350

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  23. Pacific Union College

    One Angwin Ave, Angwin, California 94508-9707

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  24. Point Loma Nazarene University

    3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, California 92106-2899

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  25. San Diego State University

    5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, California 92182

    164 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  26. San Francisco State University

    1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  27. San Jose State University

    1 Washington Sq, San Jose, California 95192-0001

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  28. University of Southern California

    University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089

    23 U.S. News National University Ranking
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  29. Whittier College

    13406 E Philadelphia Street, Whittier, California 90601

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  30. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles

    3077 University Ave, Los Angeles, California 90007-3796

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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  31. Brandman University- Part of the Chapman University System

    16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, California 92618

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
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Cities

Statistics

Professional Trends

California Vs. National Social Work Employment

California 59,550
National 609,060

Of all of the social workers in the country, nearly 10% are in the state of California.

Employment Growth for Social workers In California

53,410 55,300 56,800 61,050 59,550
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

In California, social work is a growing field. There were 6,140 more social workers working in California in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 11% growth in the field. This growth is faster than the national trend for social workers which shows a 10% increase in the number of social workers working around the nation.

Social Work VS. All Professions salaries in California

$47,683 $49,588 $51,455 $52,858 $54,122
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Social Work
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to social workers are growing in California. In 2006 social workers made a mean salary of $47,683 per year, and in 2010 they made $54,122 per year.

Salary percentiles for Social workers in California

10th percentile
$31,960
25th percentile
$40,125
50th percentile
$51,885
75th percentile
$66,310
90th percentile
$81,978

Thus, social workers' salaries grew by 12% in 4 years. This growth is mirrored by state trends for all professionals. There is a 157% pay differential between the highest paid social workers and those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket. Thus, there is huge variation in pay, within the field of social work in California.

Average Salaries for Social workers and related professions in California

Human Resources
$79,150
Human Services
$47,478
Public Administration
$108,870
Public Health
$71,247
Social Work
$54,122

In California, social workers make, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Social Work programs available for each degree type for all schools in California

associate
0
bachelor
21
master
22
doctor
3
Certificate
3
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As the number of social workers is increasing in California state, the number of students graduating from the 31 accredited social work schools in California state is also increasing. In 2006 there were 2,564 social work graduates from social work courses in California and in 2010 there were 2,918 graduates.

Thus there was a 14% percent increase in the number of social work school degree or certificate graduates in California. 45% of these graduates received a master's degree in social work.

Social Work Faculty Salaries in California

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