Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Tennessee

Social workers that help family members and support school systems receive higher pay when compared to other specializations in the state of Tennessee. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage is estimated at $42,760 across the state. The Jackson metropolitan area has some of the highest job concentration in the health care specialization.

Tennessee Social Work Licensure Requirements

Three different designations for state licensure are available in the state of Tennessee when an individual completes their CSWE-accredited Master’s program.

  • Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW)
  • Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Gaining the advanced practitioner (LAPSW) designation allows social workers to practice professionally in non-clinical settings. 3,000 hours of postgraduate social work must be completed under supervision from a professional that has licensure between two to six years. The LCSW is similar but allows clinical practice (and requires LCSW-level supervision), and either license requires the LMSW to be earned prior.

Endorsements and Renewal Requirements

There are differing renewal requirements for licensure levels, which takes place every two years. The LMSW needs 12 continuing education credit hours each year (24 total) with at least three credit hours dedicated to ethics. Both LAPSW and LCSW licensures require 15 credit hours each year with at least three credit hours in ethical topics.

Tennessee’s board does recognize other state licensures, but professionals must submit an application and verify their accomplishments with specific documentation. These professionals must have earned their licensure with equal or more strict requirements, and they must be in good standing in their practice.