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Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the United States pull down an average of $44K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and half have dental, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors making up 76 percent. Most Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction.

$34,374 - $62,178
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$34K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,719
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$17.61 - $50.87
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$18
$27
$51
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$34,374 - $62,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Total Pay (?
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$34,895 - $74,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.61 - $50.87  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
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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$34,895 - $74,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59

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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Clinical Psychology can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Assessment and Group Therapy. It is not unusual for someone who knows Assessment to be familiar with Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $46K. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Baltimore offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Dayton is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Cleveland (9 percent lower) and Cincinnati (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 29%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$45,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 10%

Assessment
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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