Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K per year. Compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $50K per year on the higher end. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Crisis Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Crisis Counselors (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,115 - $53,649
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,293
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$11.03 - $22.02
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,115 - $53,649  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$24,757 - $50,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $22.02  
   
Overtime
$2.79 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$24,757 - $50,371  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 152
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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. Career advancement for the typical Crisis Counselor often leads to becoming a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker; median salaries in these positions are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Crisis Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Case Management to be familiar with Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $35K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Crisis Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. For some reason, Crisis Counselors with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $37K.

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

Mid-Career
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Experienced
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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
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Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 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: 48% employee benefits None: 21%
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