Among other states in the Northeast, Delaware has lower social work employment overall when compared to neighboring Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest specialization is with children and family services. Social work professionals in this line of work evaluate youth on school performance, potential substance abuse, and relationships with other family members.
Average salary for children and family service positions is estimated at $39,880 across the state, with the top 10 percent jumping over $51,700 annually. There are higher-paying averages across the state in other specializations, including health care social workers making a mean wage of $57,310 annually.
Delaware Social Work Licensure Requirements
State licensure in Delaware is needed for clinical workers, and they must complete the steps needed for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) designation. In addition to an accredited graduate program for academics, applicants must have 3,200 clock hours of post-graduate experience. Half of these hours are needed under the supervision of another LCSW.
Endorsement and Renewal Requirements
Delaware will endorse licenses from other states if they are in good standing and the candidate has been actively practicing in five of the last seven years. Renewals are required prior to January 31st of each odd year. 45 credit hours of continuing education is needed, and 10 hours are limited for self studying.