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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

The average Licensed Professional Counselor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $44K per year. Compensation ranges from $33K on the lower end to $75K per year on the higher end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Female Licensed Professional Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Licensed Professional Counselors. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,569 - $61,648
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,736
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$16.92 - $65.44
(Median)
$17
$26
$65
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,569 - $61,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
Profit Sharing
$799 - $10,250  
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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$33,279 - $74,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$16.92 - $65.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$799 - $10,250  
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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$33,279 - $74,688  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412

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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.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Emergency/Trauma, Substance Abuse, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Substance Abuse Counseling, and trauma. Those educated in Bereavement Counseling tend to be well versed in Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional 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 less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. Licensed Professional Counselors see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Licensed Professional Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Professional Counselors, Fort Worth provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+14 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and St. Louis (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Professional Counselor Reviews

What is it like working as a Licensed Professional Counselor?

Licensed Professional Counselor in Hudson:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love the opportunity to incorporate creativity and my artistic background in therapeutic ways. I enjoy my scenic drive to work and the people I work with. I most enjoy seeing changes in clients for the better.
Cons: It can be very overwhelming and even depressing at times depending on the populations you work with. It is critical to take good care of yourself to prevent burnout. Bureaucracy/ and billing mandates/paperwork often steal valuable time you could be using in therapeutic interventions with clients--that is what I hate the most.

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Experience Affects Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 37%

Substance Abuse
up arrow 20%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 10%


Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

trauma
up arrow 4%

Substance Abuse Counseling
up arrow 12%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%