Become a Social Worker in Massachusetts 

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Massachusetts, contact the Massachusetts Social Work Licensing Board.

Massachusetts law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Social Worker Assistant (LSWA). The requirements are as follows:


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Massachusetts LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

Massachusetts LCSW

Massachusetts LSW (Licensed Social Worker)

Massachusetts LSWA (Licensed Social Worker Assistant)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Massachusetts, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Massachusetts can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Massachusetts social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated 10/01/2015.

Massachusetts Social Work Salary

Massachusetts Social Work Salary
Massachusetts Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $47,040
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $53,240
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $47,470
All Other Social Workers $72,200
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Massachusetts is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.

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