Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Missouri

The state of Missouri generally has lower salaries than the national average in major social work professions (working with youth, substance abuse, and health care), sitting at around the $40,000 level. Other aspects of social work are closer to the average salary figure at $60,770 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Kansas City metropolitan area sees the higher amounts within the statewide average.

Missouri Social Work Licensure Requirements

There are three different licensures that can be gained once a graduate achieves the Master’s degree in social work:

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW)

Hours of Experience Requirements

Obtaining the LMSW requires the completion of the Master-level exam through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). After obtaining this license, they are eligible to complete 3,000 hours of clinical supervised work that must be completed in two to four years. At least two hours of individual supervision is needed every two weeks.

Clinical Examination Requirements

An alternative to the LCSW is becoming a LAMSW, which gives additional designation in large-scale social work, which gives the professional the license needed to work with large organizations and communities. Similar to the LCSW, a background check is needed, but the ASWB examination for advanced generalist is taken instead.

30 credit hours of continuous education is needed to renew the license every two years. A total of five credit hours must be within professional ethics and suicide prevention. Missouri will recognize other state licensures if the individual has obtained the designation for at least five years and has no violations recorded.