Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Pay generally varies between $25K and $51K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Crisis Counselors. Female Crisis Counselors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,212 - $54,778
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,653
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$11.31 - $22.56
(Median)
$11
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,212 - $54,778  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,747  
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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$24,925 - $50,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $22.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$1.50 - $34.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,747  
   
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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$24,925 - $50,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Crisis Counselor


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Crisis Counselors may progress into high-paying roles like Non-Profit Executive Director, where median compensation is $60K annually. The most common next step for a Crisis Counselor is to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker. The former position pays an additional $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Job skills reported by Crisis Counselors are limited. Those who have experience with Crisis intervention, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Many workers who know Case Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Crisis Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. Crisis Counselors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $37K.

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"Very Rewarding Job. You Help Save Lives-Literally!"
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Experience Affects Crisis Counselor Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Crisis intervention
up arrow 15%

National Average
$36,000

Counseling
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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