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.

$34,092 - $64,585
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MEDIAN: $44,737
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$17.43 - $43.63
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,092 - $64,585  
   
Bonus
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$34,581 - $71,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.43 - $43.63  
   
Overtime
$33.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,965  
   
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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$34,581 - $71,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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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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

National Average: $46,391

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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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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 26%

Group Therapy
up arrow 4%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$46,000

Assessment
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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