Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salary

The average pay for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is $45,288 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$34,238 - $62,156

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$17.60 - $48.39

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,238 - $62,156  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
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$34,587 - $67,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 561
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.60 - $48.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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Bonus
$0.00 - $2,037  
   
Total Pay (?
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$34,587 - $67,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 192
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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 11%

Experienced
up arrow 8%


National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Counseling
0%

National Average
$47,000

Clinical Supervision
up arrow 1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 2%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 7%

Group Therapy
up arrow 10%

Crisis intervention
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 27%
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