Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Commissions form a big slice (just below two-thirds) of total compensation for Licensed Professional Counselors. The median income in this area hovers around $46K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,814 - $61,876
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,994
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$16.48 - $55.22
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$55
MEDIAN: $25.38
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,814 - $61,876  
   
Bonus
$307.84 - $7,096  
Profit Sharing
$600  
Commission
$30,000  
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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$34,011 - $71,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.48 - $55.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$20.49 - $56.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$307.84 - $7,096  
   
Commission
$30,000  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$34,011 - $71,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 489

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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

  • 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 Professional Counselor


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Licensed Professional Counselors do not often transition into Clinical Director roles. The role averages $72K per year. More commonly, Licensed Professional Counselors become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors or Clinical Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Licensed Professional Counselors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in addiction, Clinical Supervision, Clinical Psychology, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Those listing Substance Abuse Counseling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Emergency/Trauma and trauma also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Bereavement Counseling also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Professional Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Professional Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 1,001 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Professional Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 508 salaries. An experienced Licensed Professional Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 387 salaries. A Licensed Professional Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 151 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,492

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

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Licensed Professional Counselors in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Pittsburgh (+12 percent), Austin (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New Orleans (13 percent lower) and St. Louis (8 percent lower).

Licensed Professional Counselor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Licensed Professional Counselor

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

▲24%

▲13%

▲6%

National Average
$46,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries


addiction
▲9%



Substance Abuse
▲5%

Case Management
▲1%

▼0%


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼0%

National Average
$46,000


trauma
▼3%

Emergency/Trauma
▼9%

Substance Abuse Counseling
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 31%
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