License Statistics

Licenses Issued, Past 5 Calendar Years

Profession Title 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Licensed Master Social Worker* 2,792 3,119 2,778 3,047 2,769
Licensed Clinical Social Worker* 1,167 1,357 1,271 1,406 1,507

*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, 2021

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

County Number County Number County Number
Albany 501 Jefferson 112 Saratoga 283
Allegany 25 Kings 4,029 Schenectady 219
Bronx 1,842 Lewis 24 Schoharie 20
Broome 299 Livingston 59 Schuyler 21
Cattaraugus 49 Madison 35 Seneca 20
Cayuga 59 Monroe 1,186 Steuben 72
Chautauqua 122 Montgomery 29 St. Lawrence 53
Chemung 107 Nassau 2,592 Suffolk 2,560
Chenango 32 New York 3,222 Sullivan 69
Clinton 47 Niagara 152 Tioga 44
Columbia 59 Oneida 231 Tompkins 148
Cortland 56 Onondaga 669 Ulster 253
Delaware 22 Ontario 148 Warren 48
Dutchess 474 Orange 470 Washington 38
Erie 1,165 Orleans 26 Wayne 86
Essex 20 Oswego 60 Westchester 1,783
Franklin 27 Otsego 39 Wyoming 32
Fulton 22 Putnam 148 Yates 18
Genesee 61 Queens 2,667 NYS TOTAL 28,077
Greene 40 Rensselaer 194 OTHER US 2,880
Hamilton 3 Richmond 605 NON-US 7
Herkimer 49 Rockland 532 TOTAL 31,004

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

County Number County Number County Number
Albany 502 Jefferson 82 Saratoga 286
Allegany 18 Kings 2,962 Schenectady 192
Bronx 887 Lewis 14 Schoharie 15
Broome 271 Livingston 44 Schuyler 17
Cattaraugus 41 Madison 53 Seneca 24
Cayuga 59 Monroe 751 Steuben 76
Chautauqua 73 Montgomery 17 St. Lawrence 56
Chemung 67 Nassau 2,725 Suffolk 2,457
Chenango 41 New York 4,817 Sullivan 70
Clinton 44 Niagara 113 Tioga 59
Columbia 84 Oneida 224 Tompkins 204
Cortland 34 Onondaga 486 Ulster 408
Delaware 37 Ontario 112 Warren 76
Dutchess 545 Orange 448 Washington 34
Erie 878 Orleans 14 Wayne 50
Essex 25 Oswego 47 Westchester 2,150
Franklin 30 Otsego 48 Wyoming 23
Fulton 21 Putnam 184 Yates 8
Genesee 48 Queens 1,804 NYS TOTAL 26,187
Greene 42 Rensselaer 152 OTHER US 3,239
Hamilton 2 Richmond 488 NON-US 27
Herkimer 37 Rockland 591 TOTAL 29,453

**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: February 5, 2021