License Statistics

Licenses Issued, Past 5 Calendar Years

Profession Title 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Licensed Master Social Worker* 2,815 2,792 3,119 2,778 3,047
Licensed Clinical Social Worker* 1,150 1,167 1,357 1,271 1,406

*On September 1, 2004, all Certified Social Worker licenses, both active and inactive, were converted to the new professions of Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


Geographic Distribution**

As of January 1, 2020

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

County Number County Number County Number
Albany 517 Jefferson 112 Saratoga 268
Allegany 24 Kings 3,973 Schenectady 220
Bronx 1,805 Lewis 22 Schoharie 17
Broome 295 Livingston 62 Schuyler 18
Cattaraugus 51 Madison 34 Seneca 23
Cayuga 53 Monroe 1,190 Steuben 68
Chautauqua 118 Montgomery 29 St. Lawrence 47
Chemung 104 Nassau 2,557 Suffolk 2,476
Chenango 35 New York 3,346 Sullivan 63
Clinton 44 Niagara 147 Tioga 45
Columbia 67 Oneida 234 Tompkins 159
Cortland 54 Onondaga 648 Ulster 237
Delaware 21 Ontario 142 Warren 50
Dutchess 449 Orange 450 Washington 31
Erie 1,160 Orleans 27 Wayne 83
Essex 20 Oswego 61 Westchester 1,748
Franklin 25 Otsego 37 Wyoming 26
Fulton 21 Putnam 139 Yates 18
Genesee 58 Queens 2,617 NYS TOTAL 27,705
Greene 39 Rensselaer 186 OTHER US 2,700
Hamilton 3 Richmond 584 NON-US 40
Herkimer 48 Rockland 500 TOTAL 30,445

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

County Number County Number County Number
Albany 495 Jefferson 72 Saratoga 271
Allegany 17 Kings 2,865 Schenectady 188
Bronx 875 Lewis 11 Schoharie 16
Broome 270 Livingston 39 Schuyler 17
Cattaraugus 39 Madison 57 Seneca 26
Cayuga 53 Monroe 739 Steuben 75
Chautauqua 68 Montgomery 16 St. Lawrence 51
Chemung 70 Nassau 2,666 Suffolk 2,390
Chenango 41 New York 4,886 Sullivan 75
Clinton 43 Niagara 108 Tioga 58
Columbia 82 Oneida 225 Tompkins 201
Cortland 36 Onondaga 475 Ulster 382
Delaware 36 Ontario 104 Warren 75
Dutchess 538 Orange 437 Washington 33
Erie 859 Orleans 17 Wayne 46
Essex 26 Oswego 47 Westchester 2,142
Franklin 34 Otsego 68 Wyoming 23
Fulton 21 Putnam 181 Yates 8
Genesee 45 Queens 1,738 NYS TOTAL 25,764
Greene 43 Rensselaer 152 OTHER US 2,938
Hamilton 2 Richmond 481 NON-US 31
Herkimer 37 Rockland 572 TOTAL 28,733

**County of location reflects the licensee's primary mailing address on record with the State Education Department. This address may either be the licensee's home or practice address. Licensees must be registered in order to use the professional title within New York State; being registered, however, does not necessarily mean the licensee is actively engaged in practice.

Last Updated: January 14, 2020