Become a Social Worker in Pennsylvania

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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 Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania Social Work Licensing Board.

Pennsylvania law recognizes two classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:


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Pennsylvania LCSW

Pennsylvania LSW (Licensed Social Worker)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Pennsylvania, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Pennsylvania can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Pennsylvania 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 06/01/2016.

Pennsylvania Social Work Salary

Pennsylvania Social Work Salary
Pennsylvania Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $40,530
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $49,270
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $38,140
All Other Social Workers $58,820
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 Pennsylvania 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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