Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is $43,778 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.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Total Pay (?
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$32,584 - $59,875
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,778
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Licensed Mental Health Counselor Total Pay (?
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$17.62 - $71.47
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,584 - $59,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
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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$33,156 - $68,205  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 361
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$24$48$72
Hourly Rate
$17.62 - $71.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,919  
   
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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$33,156 - $68,205  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
up arrow 22%
Ocala
up arrow 11%
Fort Lauderdale
up arrow 11%
Boston
up arrow 5%
Seattle
up arrow 5%
National Average
$46,000
Jacksonville
up arrow 1%
Orlando
up arrow 2%
Tampa
up arrow 4%
Spokane
up arrow 5%
Omaha
up arrow 7%
Atlanta
up arrow 10%
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Experience Affects Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$46,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 30%
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