Crisis Counselor Salary (United States)

With more than half of Crisis Counselors reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $35,731 per year. The top of the range reaches $50,889 per year, and the bottom approaches $24,623. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and more than half have vision insurance, as well. The majority of Crisis Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Crisis Counselor Salary (?
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$26,178 - $53,176
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MEDIAN: $36,466
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Crisis Counselor Salary (?
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$10.57 - $22.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$26,178 - $53,176  
   
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$0.00 - $3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$24,623 - $50,889  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
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$10.57 - $22.41  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $35.00  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $3,500  
   
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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$24,623 - $50,889  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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Job Description for Crisis Counselor

  • 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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For Crisis Counselors, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Non-Profit Executive Director, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $24K annually than those further down the career ladder. When Crisis Counselors are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Mental Health Counselors or Social Worker (MSW)s, where they can expect an additional $1,841 or $5,535 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries can reach $39K from $35K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $38K. Wages continue to improve for Crisis Counselors after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $46K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 30%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
National Average
$36,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Case Management
0%
National Average
$36,000
Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%
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