Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salary

Licensed Mental Health Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Female Licensed Mental Health Counselors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Licensed Mental Health Counselors is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,716 - $62,376
$35K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,183
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$16.91 - $48.17
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MEDIAN: $24.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,716 - $62,376  
   
Bonus
$25.00 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$34,840 - $70,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 518
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.91 - $48.17  
   
Overtime
$12.08 - $43.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$25.00 - $8,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$34,840 - $70,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 225
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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

  • Facilitate adult or youth groups and individual counseling sessions.
  • Prepare and execute treatment plans according to the needs of each patient.
  • Conduct psychological assessments, make recommendations, and maintain records.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Mental Health Counselor


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For Licensed Mental Health Counselors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Licensed Mental Health Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Licensed Mental Health Counselors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Patient Counseling, Group Therapy, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Those listing Substance Abuse and Crisis intervention as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $44K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $48K. For Licensed Mental Health Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,756

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

Florida is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, 15 percent higher than the national average. Licensed Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Worcester (+13 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+12 percent), Miami (+6 percent), and Jacksonville (+4 percent). Albuquerque is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Pensacola and Omaha (16 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

▲21%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$48,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲18%

Patient Counseling
▲9%



▲1%

National Average
$48,000

Crisis intervention
▼12%

Substance Abuse
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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