Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the United States pull down an average of $44K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors making up 75 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and close to one-half have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,210 - $61,949

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$17.46 - $51.06

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$34,210 - $61,949  
   
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$0.00 - $3,000  
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$34,691 - $73,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212
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Hourly Rate
$17.46 - $51.06  
   
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$34,691 - $73,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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.

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Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Tasks

  • Conduct psychological assessments, make recommendations, and maintain records.
  • Prepare and execute treatment plans according to the needs of each patient.
  • Facilitate adult or youth groups and individual counseling sessions.

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Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors only report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Clinical Psychology can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Assessment and Group Therapy. Experience with Assessment is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $45K on average. On average, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors make $48K following one to two decades on the job. 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


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will find that Baltimore offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+4 percent). Dayton is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (10 percent lower) and Cleveland (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 6%


National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 30%

National Average
$45,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Assessment
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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