Become a Social Worker in New Mexico

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in New Mexico, contact the New Mexico Social Work Licensing Board.

New Mexico law recognizes three classes of social worker: Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW). The requirements are as follows:


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New Mexico LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker)

New Mexico LMSW

New Mexico LBSW (Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in New Mexico, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in New Mexico can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on New Mexico social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated 08/31/2015.

New Mexico Social Work Salary

New Mexico Social Work Salary
New Mexico Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Worker $41,570
Medical and Public Health Social Worker $49,500
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker $37,730
All Other Social Worker $51,300
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in New Mexico is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.

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