Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. Pay generally varies between $25K and $51K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are far more female Crisis Counselors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,182 - $54,588

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$11.07 - $21.94

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,182 - $54,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,782  
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$24,792 - $50,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $21.94  
   
Overtime
$2.70 - $38.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,782  
   
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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$24,792 - $50,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Non-Profit Executive Director. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers are common next-step roles for Crisis Counselors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Mental Health Counselors is $2K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for MSW Social Workers.

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Job skills reported by Crisis Counselors are limited. 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. Crisis Counselors bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $37K.

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"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

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

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
up arrow 1%

Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 22%
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