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Crisis Counselor Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, just under three-fifths of Crisis Counselors report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $36K per year on average. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Crisis Counselor Salary (?
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$26,178 - $53,176
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MEDIAN: $36,466
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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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $22.41  
   
Overtime
$1.50 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Crisis Counselors who advance to upper-end positions like Non-Profit Executive Director. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $59K per year. The most common next step for a Crisis Counselor is to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Job skills reported by Crisis Counselors are limited. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $35K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $39K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $46K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

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
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Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
Experienced
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National Average
$36,000
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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%