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Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $25K, and the top verges on $51K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Crisis Counselors (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, close to one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,463 - $55,099
(Median)
$27K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,970
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$11.11 - $22.02
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$27,463 - $55,099  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
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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$24,882 - $51,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $22.02  
   
Overtime
$2.70 - $38.13  
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 - $4,000  
   
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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$24,882 - $51,297  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Non-Profit Executive Director, where median compensation is $59K annually. Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers are common next-step roles for Crisis Counselors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Mental Health Counselors is $1K higher on average, and it's $5K higher for MSW Social Workers.

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Survey results show that Crisis Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Case Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $39K. Crisis Counselors bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Crisis Counselors report making only $37K 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

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

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 52 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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