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Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $37K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although close to a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Female Crisis Counselors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Crisis Counselors. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,244 - $55,231
(Median)
$27K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,908
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$11.10 - $22.05
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,244 - $55,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
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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$24,890 - $51,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.10 - $22.05  
   
Overtime
$2.25 - $40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,973  
   
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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$24,890 - $51,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141

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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. When Crisis Counselors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers. Those roles pay an additional $2K and $5K, respectively.

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Crisis Counselors typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Crisis Counselors bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $37K by contrast.

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 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

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
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%