Over 1,000 social workers are employed in youth and school services according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is generally lower than the national average in the various fields of social work. Much of the opportunities in social work can be found in the Billings and Missoula metropolitan area.
Average Salary of a Montana Social Worker
The western portion of the state sees the highest salary figures for youth and school social workers with a mean wage estimate of $51,660. This is significantly larger than the statewide average of just over $40,000. Average salaries are higher for health care social workers at approximately $50,740.
Montana Social Work Licensure Requirements
Only one licensure is needed for social work in the state of Montana, and that is for clinical work. Receiving the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) certification requires the submission of an application that shows accomplishment of a Master’s degree and the passage of a background check. At least 3,000 hours of work experience is needed after graduation, and this must be supervised by a licensed professional.
Endorsement and Renewal Requirements
Montana does endorse professionals with licensures in other states that have been practicing for at least two years and have equivalent qualifications. Renewals must happen on an annual basis for professionals holding an LCSW and this requires 20 credit hours worth of continuing education. Half of these hours may count toward preparing presentations or educational content.