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The Public's Perception Of Social Work

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When reading through LeCroy and Winston’s study entitled The Public’s Perception of Social Work, I was very surprised that, as cited in table 1, 50.1% of the 375 people sampled incorrectly thought that the average American social workers’ annual salary was between $18,000 and $28,000. In reality, the mean salary for a social worker in 2016 was $59,410 (United States Department of Labor, 2016). I think one explanation for this large gap between the perceived salary and the actual salary of a social worker might be the lack of prestige of this job in the eyes of the American public at large. Because of social work’s lack of prestige, people automatically think that people in the field have a far lower annual salary than they actually do. Luckily,
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