Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the United States take home approximately $44K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and roughly one-half get dental coverage, too. Female Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. For the most part, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,339 - $62,221
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$34K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,791
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$17.65 - $51.52
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$34,339 - $62,221  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
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$34,910 - $73,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.65 - $51.52  
   
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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$34,910 - $73,785  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. 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. 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.


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $42K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $46K. For Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in Baltimore enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dayton. On the whole, employers pay 10 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Portland and Cleveland.

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

Experienced
up arrow 6%


National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
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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 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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