Become a Social Worker in Washington

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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 Washington, contact the Washington Social Work Licensing Board.

Washington law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Social Work Associate & Advanced (LSWAA) and Licensed Social Work Associate & Independent Clinical (LSWAIC). The requirements are as follows:


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Washington LASW (Licensed Advanced Social Worker)

Washington LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

Washington LSWAA (Licensed Social Work Associate Advanced)

Washington LSWAIC (Licensed Social Work Associate Independent Clinical)

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

Washington Social Worker Salary

Washington Social Work Salary
Washington Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $48,950
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $59,280
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $53,000
All Other Social Workers $61,810
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$15,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Washington 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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