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. Earnings sit near $25K on the lower side but can approach $51K per year on the higher side. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Most Crisis Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Crisis Counselors (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,212 - $54,778
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $36,653
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$11.31 - $22.56
(Median)
$11
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,212 - $54,778  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,747  
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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$24,925 - $50,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $22.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$1.50 - $34.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,747  
   
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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$24,925 - $50,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 176
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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.

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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. Crisis Counselors most often move into positions as Mental Health Counselors or MSW Social Workers; those groups report median salaries that are $1K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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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 $40K. Crisis Counselors bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $37K.

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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 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Crisis intervention
up arrow 15%

National Average
$36,000

Counseling
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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