Crisis Counselor Salary

An average Crisis Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $17.44 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Crisis Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The vast majority of Crisis Counselors (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,871 - $58,510
$27K
$37K
$59K
MEDIAN: $37,175
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$11.82 - $25.30
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MEDIAN: $17.44
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$26,871 - $58,510  
   
Bonus
$850  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,925 - $54,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.82 - $25.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$2.00 - $34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$850  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,925 - $54,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 154

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Job Description for Crisis Counselor

A crisis counselor works with clients who have been through crises, listening to clients and providing resources (and, as applicable, suggestions) related to the crisis and clients' specific needs. Generally, the objective is not to get clients to forget about the crisis, but to help them develop strategies for coping and processing trauma. The counseling may be private or take place in a group counseling setting depending on the situation and position. Additionally, some counselors work with youth and/or families.

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Crisis Counselor Tasks

  • Work with clients over the phone or in person to determine the crisis and immediate needs.
  • Identify appropriate resources and connect clients to assistance.
  • Report on interactions and escalate serious cases.
  • Screen and assess patients for mental, chemical and other factors to determine next steps.

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Crisis Counselors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Non-Profit Executive Director. The average Non-Profit Executive Director brings home $60K per year. It is not uncommon for a Crisis Counselor to continue on to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker.

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Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Crisis Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Crisis Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Crisis Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Crisis Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 54 salaries. A Crisis Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 16 salaries.

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Key Stats for Crisis Counselor

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Crisis Counselor Salaries

▲26%

▲11%

▲10%

National Average
$37,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲12%

▲2%


National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 20%