Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

With a median pay of $85K, Self-Employed Licensed Professional Counselors make much more than the national average ($45K per year) for those in this field. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,754 - $61,550
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,780
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50%
90%

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$16.40 - $58.04
$16
$25
$58
MEDIAN: $25.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,754 - $61,550  
   
Bonus
$304.43 - $7,241  
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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$33,934 - $70,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.40 - $58.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$20.21 - $51.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$304.43 - $7,241  
   
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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$33,934 - $70,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 449

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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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Though some Licensed Professional Counselors move into positions like Clinical Director (where the average salary is $72K), this progression is not the norm. A more common career path for Licensed Professional Counselors is stepping into the role of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or Clinical Supervisor.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Survey results imply that Licensed Professional Counselors deploy a deep pool 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 8 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Substance Abuse Counseling and Emergency/Trauma. For most people, competency in Bereavement Counseling indicates knowledge of 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: $46,201

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

With a pay rate for Licensed Professional Counselors that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Licensed Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+13 percent), Pittsburgh (+12 percent), Austin (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in New Orleans (13 percent lower) and St. Louis (7 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
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 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

▲25%

▲14%

▲6%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries


addiction
▲10%



Substance Abuse
▲6%

Case Management
▲2%

▲1%


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 164 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

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: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 30%