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Social Work Schools In Colorado

Colorado has 4 accredited social work schools where social work faculty who teach social work classes can find employment. Below are statistics and other relevant data to help analyze the state of social work and social work training in Colorado, which includes social work training at the following levels:


  1. Colorado State University

    102 Administration Building, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-0100

    128 U.S. News National University Ranking
  2. University of Denver

    2199 S. University Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80208

    82 U.S. News National University Ranking
  3. Metropolitan State College of Denver

    Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80217-3362

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking
  4. Colorado State University-Pueblo

    2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, Colorado 81001-4901

    N/A U.S. News National University Ranking



Professional Trends

Colorado Vs. National Social Work Employment

Colorado 10,470
National 609,060

Of all of the social workers that work in the US, approximately 2% work in Colorado state.

Employment Growth for Social workers In Colorado

7,410 8,940 10,300 11,440 10,470
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

The number of social workers is growing in Colorado. There were 3,060 more social workers working in Colorado in 2010, than there were in 2006. This represents a 41% 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 Colorado

$40,403 $41,340 $40,865 $41,690 $43,438
$46,058 $47,685 $48,234 $49,831 $51,291
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Social Work
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The salaries paid to social workers are growing in Colorado. In 2006 social workers made a mean salary of $40,403 per year, and in 2010 they made $43,438 per year.

Salary percentiles for Social workers in Colorado

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This represents a growth in salaries of 7%. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. There is a 155% 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 Colorado.

Average Salaries for Social workers and related professions in Colorado

Human Resources
Human Services
Public Administration
Public Health
Social Work

Social workers in Colorado earn, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

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


The number of students graduating from the 4 accredited social work schools in Colorado is increasing. In 2006, 439 students graduated from social work courses in Colorado. And in 2010, 491 students graduated.

This represents a 12% increase in the number of social work degree or certificate school graduates in Colorado state. A majority of these graduates, or 43%, graduated with a bachelor's degree in social work.

Social Work Faculty Salaries in Colorado

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