The number of people ages 65 or older is expected to reach 72 million by the year 2030, comprising 20 percent of the U.S. population. This means that going forward, there will be a wide array of opportunities for gerontological social workers.
Salaries vary for jobs in this field. The median annual salary is around $44,000 in the USA, with the highest earners topping out at around $57,000 per year. Earning potential varies according to the employer, region, and level of experience, with those working in private practice or for private agencies earning the most.
Geriatric social work is a rewarding and growing field. If you have the urge to help but aren’t sure you want to work with children, you have other options — and senior citizens need your help.