Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary
An average Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and roughly one-half have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed clinical professional counselors supervise clinical staff at every level of a hospital or clinic. They must research, develop, and implement practices that will lead to improvements in staff performance, as well as ensure that all staff documentation meets standards. These professionals are also in charge of coaching and training program staff and providing technical assistance to supervisors and other personnel. Licensed clinical professional counselors usually work with all members of the medical facility, and they may potentially work with outside mental health professionals. These counselors generally work full time in a medical facility; they often work during regular business hours, but 12-hour shifts may be available at hospitals.Read More...
To be a licensed clinical professional counselor, an individual generally must have at least a master’s degree in counseling, family therapy, or a related field. They also must be certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors Inc. and Affiliates; some other master's-level licenses may be accepted as well. Licensed clinical professional counselors must have excellent communication, multitasking, and interpersonal skills. They should be able to work effectively in a team setting, as well as on their own with minimal supervision. Proficiency with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite is generally needed as well.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Tasks
- Facilitate adult or youth groups and individual counseling sessions.
- Prepare and execute treatment plans according to the needs of each patient.
- Conduct psychological assessments, make recommendations, and maintain records.
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Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Survey results show that Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 4 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Assessment.
Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $42K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $59K.
Pay Difference by Location
Baltimore offers some of the highest pay in the country for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, 24 percent above the national average. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Peoria (+4 percent) and Chicago (+3 percent). Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in Akron make 20 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dayton (16 percent less) and Portland (12 percent less).
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