Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Compensation ranges between $25K and $50K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Crisis Counselors (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,055 - $53,755
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,349
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$10.81 - $21.81
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,055 - $53,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$24,658 - $50,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.81 - $21.81  
   
Overtime
$2.79 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$24,658 - $50,246  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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' 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 $59K per year. A common career progression for a Crisis Counselor is to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker. Compared to Crisis Counselors, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Survey takers who work as Crisis Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $37K on average.

Crisis Counselor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Crisis Counselor in Terre Haute:
"Very Rewarding Job. You Help Save Lives-Literally!"
Be confident in your current skills, sharpen them and also seek to gain new ones.

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Experience Affects Crisis Counselor Salaries

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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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

National Average
$36,000

Case Management
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Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%
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