Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (United States)

Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States usually make around $45,709 per year. Pay starts at $33,098 and can approach $77,588 per year on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—around one third lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Licensed Professional Counselors making up 77 percent of workers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (?
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$32,481 - $62,283
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MEDIAN: $43,470
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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (?
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$16.83 - $73.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,481 - $62,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,050  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $11,745  
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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$33,098 - $77,588  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 862
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.83 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$715 - $11,745  
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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$33,098 - $77,588  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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Job Description for Licensed Professional Counselor

A licensed professional counselor may work in a variety of environments providing care in the area of mental health to individuals with mental illnesses, disorders, or imbalances. They assist patients in setting goals, using strengths-based techniques, and maintaining their mental health. Aside from practicing counseling, licensed professional counselors are responsible for the maintenance of records relating to therapy. They function as a counselor, case manager, consultant, and educator while providing therapy. This therapy may be to individuals, groups, or couples.
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Licensed 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.

Licensed Professional Counselor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Professional Counselor

Self-Employed attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area—the median in that office is $44,004.

Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor

Survey results show that Licensed Professional Counselors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Substance Abuse and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Bereavement Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Licensed Professional Counselors, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $42K climbs to $46K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $51K. After 20 years in the field, Licensed Professional Counselors see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Fort Worth
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Baltimore
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National Average
$46,000
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Fort Worth is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Professional Counselors, 33 percent higher than the national average. Austin, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Baltimore also offer top salaries for Licensed Professional Counselors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 18 percent, 14 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tulsa (-13 percent) and St. Louis (-10 percent).

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Experience Affects Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

Substance Abuse
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Counseling
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Bereavement Counseling
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National Average
$46,000
Group Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 31%
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