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 July 1, 2021

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

County Number County Number County Number
Albany 508 Jefferson 111 Saratoga 294
Allegany 25 Kings 4,073 Schenectady 229
Bronx 1,850 Lewis 23 Schoharie 21
Broome 310 Livingston 60 Schuyler 22
Cattaraugus 53 Madison 36 Seneca 21
Cayuga 62 Monroe 1,200 Steuben 76
Chautauqua 121 Montgomery 30 St. Lawrence 56
Chemung 106 Nassau 2,603 Suffolk 2,614
Chenango 31 New York 3,196 Sullivan 70
Clinton 44 Niagara 163 Tioga 45
Columbia 66 Oneida 233 Tompkins 150
Cortland 53 Onondaga 700 Ulster 254
Delaware 24 Ontario 153 Warren 49
Dutchess 488 Orange 480 Washington 36
Erie 1,210 Orleans 25 Wayne 91
Essex 20 Oswego 63 Westchester 1,816
Franklin 28 Otsego 41 Wyoming 31
Fulton 22 Putnam 141 Yates 19
Genesee 62 Queens 2,712 NYS TOTAL 28,452
Greene 38 Rensselaer 183 OTHER US 3,051
Hamilton 3 Richmond 620 NON-US 52
Herkimer 47 Rockland 541 TOTAL 31,555

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

County Number County Number County Number
Albany 501 Jefferson 88 Saratoga 292
Allegany 19 Kings 3,034 Schenectady 186
Bronx 899 Lewis 14 Schoharie 15
Broome 273 Livingston 44 Schuyler 17
Cattaraugus 44 Madison 54 Seneca 25
Cayuga 60 Monroe 772 Steuben 76
Chautauqua 76 Montgomery 18 St. Lawrence 59
Chemung 71 Nassau 2,740 Suffolk 2,538
Chenango 44 New York 4,802 Sullivan 73
Clinton 43 Niagara 115 Tioga 63
Columbia 86 Oneida 225 Tompkins 211
Cortland 36 Onondaga 496 Ulster 414
Delaware 40 Ontario 114 Warren 81
Dutchess 558 Orange 461 Washington 34
Erie 907 Orleans 17 Wayne 49
Essex 27 Oswego 51 Westchester 2,197
Franklin 28 Otsego 67 Wyoming 23
Fulton 21 Putnam 191 Yates 9
Genesee 45 Queens 1,845 NYS TOTAL 26,630
Greene 43 Rensselaer 160 OTHER US 3,475
Hamilton 2 Richmond 497 NON-US 26
Herkimer 37 Rockland 603 TOTAL 30,131

**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: August 6, 2021