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Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salary

The average pay for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is $44,949 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. A skill in Diagnosis and Treatment Planning is associated with high pay for this job.
$34,190 - $61,926
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MEDIAN: $44,948
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$17.46 - $60.82
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,190 - $61,926  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Total Pay (?
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$34,464 - $69,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$17.46 - $60.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
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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$34,464 - $69,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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Job Description for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

A licensed mental health counselor works with different types of patients in a variety of settings. Some work in clinics or hospitals treating patients as they arrive and in ongoing therapy. Others see patients in their homes for family counseling, and still others work in courts specifically overseeing matters of child custody and adoption. The counselor routinely deals with patients dealing with psychological issues. These may include - but are not limited to - substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationships issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual violence, and domestic violence. To best aid patients, the counselor regularly consults with (and often reports to) other medical professionals, law enforcement, educational professionals, and courts.

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Licensed Mental Health 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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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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

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Experience Affects Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 15%

National Average
$46,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 29%