Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the United States take home an average $45K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors making up 75 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by close to one-half. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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.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
- 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.
Popular Skills for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Clinical Psychology and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Assessment. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $43K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $46K. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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 $58K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Peoria (+3 percent) and Chicago (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Akron, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dayton and Portland (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).
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