Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salary

Median pay for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $44K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. Most Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,691 - $62,246
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$35K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,316
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$17.63 - $59.80
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,691 - $62,246  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
Total Pay (?
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$35,181 - $72,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$17.63 - $59.80  
   
Overtime
$29.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$35,181 - $72,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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 27 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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.


For Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $43K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $46K. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,981

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Baltimore offers exceptional salaries, 8 percent above the national average. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dayton, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Portland and Cleveland earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 11 percent.

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Experience Affects Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 7%


National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Salaries

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 27%

Group Therapy
up arrow 7%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$46,000

Assessment
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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