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Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $36K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Job satisfaction for Crisis Counselors is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$25,896 - $54,292
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36,265
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$11.01 - $21.73
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$25,896 - $54,292  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
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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$24,693 - $51,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.01 - $21.73  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $37.00  
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 - $4,027  
   
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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$24,693 - $51,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 142
United States (change)

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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As Crisis Counselors transition into upper-level roles such as Non-Profit Executive Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Non-Profit Executive Directors on average earn $59K per year. Crisis Counselors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Crisis Counselors only report a few specific skills. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $38K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $40K 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

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Case Management
0%

National Average
$36,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%