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Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $51K per year on the higher end. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Crisis Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Crisis Counselors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 82 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, approximately one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,451 - $54,922
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,726
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90%

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$10.95 - $21.97
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,451 - $54,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
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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$24,798 - $51,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 190
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.95 - $21.97  
   
Overtime
$2.79 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
   
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).
)
$24,798 - $51,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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 $59K 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 $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Crisis Counselors who took the survey. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Case Management are typically practiced in Counseling, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $39K. Crisis Counselors see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

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

Counseling
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Case Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 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: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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