Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

The average Licensed Professional Counselor in the United States earns approximately $44K per year. Pay generally varies between $33K and $74K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Licensed Professional Counselors survey respondents are women (78 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,733 - $61,527

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$16.44 - $62.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,733 - $61,527  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,033  
Profit Sharing
$679 - $8,759  
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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$33,316 - $73,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.44 - $62.57  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,033  
   
Profit Sharing
$679 - $8,759  
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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$33,316 - $73,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Substance Abuse, Emergency/Trauma, and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 18 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Substance Abuse Counseling. 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 Licensed Professional Counselors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. For Licensed Professional Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. 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


Pittsburgh is home to an above-average pay rate for Licensed Professional Counselors, 16 percent higher than the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Cincinnati (11 percent lower and 10 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

Substance Abuse
up arrow 21%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 18%



Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

trauma
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Substance Abuse Counseling
up arrow 10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%
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