Crisis Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority (84 percent) of Crisis Counselors who took the survey are female. While between a fifth and a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The majority of Crisis Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,481 - $57,064
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$27K
$37K
$57K
MEDIAN: $37,370
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$11.34 - $24.39
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$11
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$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$27,481 - $57,064  
   
Bonus
$850  
Total Pay (?
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$25,684 - $52,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $24.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.19  
Overtime
$2.70 - $35.18  
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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$25,684 - $52,231  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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 who go on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $60K annually. 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 $1K per year on average, and the latter position pays $5K more per year.

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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 less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $42K by contrast.

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 21%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Crisis intervention
up arrow 13%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$37,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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