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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (United States)

A Licensed Professional Counselor earns an average salary of $43,598 per year. A skill in Substance Abuse is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (?
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$32,429 - $61,610
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MEDIAN: $43,597
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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (?
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$16.79 - $72.85
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,429 - $61,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,024  
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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$33,078 - $74,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,006
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.79 - $72.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,024  
   
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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$33,078 - $74,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Fort Worth
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Pittsburgh
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Phoenix
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Charlotte
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$46,000
Denver
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Oklahoma City
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St. Louis
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Tulsa
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Chicago
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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

Late-Career
up arrow 25%
National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

Substance Abuse
up arrow 21%
Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%
Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 2%
Counseling
up arrow 1%
Group Therapy
up arrow 1%
National Average
$46,000
trauma
up arrow 4%
Substance Abuse Counseling
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 204 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 30%