Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Illinois

Illinois has some of the largest employment by state for social workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over 3,500 workers are represented for specializations in mental health and substance abuse treatment. This includes clinical workers that analyze disruptions in their patients’ well-being and help develop treatment programs to get them out of addiction troubles.

Average Salary of an Illinois Social Worker

Mental health social workers in the state have annual salaries higher than the national average at $54,900. The Champaign metropolitan area sees even higher estimates at over $60,000 annually. Salaries for social workers in youth and school services are also higher than the national average at $55,390 annually, which jumps to over $86,220 for workers in the top 10 percent.

Illinois Social Work Licensure Requirements

Two different levels of social work licensure are accessible in the state of Illinois, with the final certification being for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In addition to receiving a Master’s degree from an accredited program, applicants will need to complete 3,000 hours of post-graduate experience. At least 15 hours of work per week is needed, and four hours each month must be supervised by an LCSW.

Endorsement and Renewal Requirements

Licensures from other states will be endorsed by the state of Illinois if they meet similar requirements and applicants submit proof of license and scores from their Association of Social Work Boards examination. Either license must be renewed every two years by November 30th of the odd year. 30 credit hours of continuing education is needed for each renewal, and six total credit hours are needed in ethics and cultural competence topics.