Last month, social work researchers at Columbia University surveyed nearly 50,000 Americans about their social work practices and concluded that their job title was more important to them than their pay.
The research, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, found that those with the highest social work credentials were more likely to be paid significantly more than those with lower credentials.
For example, people with a BA in social work earned $1.4 million less than those who had an associate’s degree or higher.
However, those with associate’s degrees were also more likely than those without a BA to be employed at a nonprofit.
As a result, they were also less likely to get a raise than those from the bottom of the social work hierarchy.
“The results suggest that those who earn a BA degree and have a higher social work degree are more likely and in fact are more effective at making their profession and profession communities more inclusive,” the authors wrote in the study.
The authors noted that the majority of the study’s respondents said they would be interested in working for a nonprofit if they were offered a job.
“Our results suggest, however, that this is a challenging area of social work practice,” they wrote.
“Our findings do not reflect an absolute lack of interest in working in social welfare, but they do indicate that even those with higher social-work degrees who are not interested in a position in social policy or advocacy are more interested in having a position with a higher pay and benefits package than those at the bottom.”
The study, which analyzed social work job postings from January to March of this year, also showed that the median salary of an associate in social works was $85,000.
The median wage for social workers working in other disciplines, however was $72,000 and for social scientists was $62,000, according to the researchers.
Despite the positive results of the research, social workers continue to struggle in the workforce.
According to a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer than one in five social workers are full-time.
According to the Social Work Education Foundation, the average number of social workers practicing in the U.S. has decreased by 2.4 percent in the past decade.
The number of people who practice social work is also down by 4 percent, from 5,500 in 2007 to 4,400 in 2016.