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Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary

Median pay for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $43K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by about one-half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors making up 76 percent.

$34,402 - $61,143
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$34K
$43K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,496
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$17.64 - $51.06
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$51
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$34,402 - $61,143  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
Total Pay (?
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$34,906 - $74,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.64 - $51.06  
   
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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$34,906 - $74,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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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 who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Clinical Psychology command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 29 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Assessment and Group Therapy. Competency in Assessment frequently indicates 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $42K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors make a median salary of $47K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in Baltimore receive some of the highest pay in the country. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+4 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Dayton is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cleveland (10 percent less) and Cincinnati (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

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
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%