Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K per year on average. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Crisis Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Crisis Counselors are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,481 - $58,056
$27K
$37K
$58K
MEDIAN: $37,484
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$12.03 - $24.96
$12
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$25
MEDIAN: $17.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,481 - $58,056  
   
Bonus
$850  
Total Pay (?
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$26,243 - $53,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.03 - $24.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$2.04 - $35.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$850  
   
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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$26,243 - $53,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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

  • Work with clients over the phone or in person to determine the crisis and immediate needs.
  • Identify appropriate resources and connect clients to assistance.
  • Report on interactions and escalate serious cases.
  • Screen and assess patients for mental, chemical and other factors to determine next steps.

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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 $60K per year. A Crisis Counselor often moves on to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker.

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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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $40K.

Crisis Counselor Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Crisis Counselor?

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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Key Stats for Crisis Counselor

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Crisis Counselor Salaries

Experienced
▲22%

Mid-Career
▲11%

Late-Career
▲8%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
▼5%

Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲12%

▲1%


National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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