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The Council of Nephrology Social Workers and the National Kidney Foundation conducted two national online surveys of nephrology social workers to assess caseload and salary trends by state, End-Stage Renal Disease Network, and National Kidney Foundation Region. Between 2007 and 2010, outpatient dialysis social workers experienced increases in mean case-load size from 73 to 79 (up 8.2%) for those employed 20–31 hours per week, 113 to 121 (up 7.1%) for those employed 32–40 hrs/wk, and 117 to 126 (up 7.7%) for those employed 40 hrs/wk. Increases in mean hourly wage were also reported across all three employment status groups for dialysis social workers: $25.03 to $28.16 per hour (up 12.5%) for 20–31 hrs/wk, $24.65 to $27.18 per hour (up 10.3%) for 32–40 hrs/wk, and $24.49 to $26.93 per hour (up 10%) for social workers employed 40 hrs/wk. For transplant social workers, mean hourly wage data showed increases across all three employment status groups: $22.96 to $27.74 per hour (up 20.8%) for those employed 20–31 hrs/wk, $25.19 to $29.56 per hour (up 17.3%) for those employed 32–40 hrs/wk, and $24.57 to $29.79 per hour (up 21.2%) for those employed 40 hrs/wk. In general, increases in caseload and hourly wage were found for nearly all states, End Stage Renal Disease Networks, and National Kidney Foundation Regions.

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