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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States can expect wages of $44K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $33K on the lower end to $75K per year on the higher end. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Professional Counselors making up 78 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and just over a half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Licensed Professional Counselors is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,557 - $61,823
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,713
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$16.75 - $64.56
(Median)
$17
$25
$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
$32,557 - $61,823  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,004  
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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$33,239 - $74,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$16.75 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.36  
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 - $3,004  
   
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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$33,239 - $74,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 426

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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


Licensed Professional Counselors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Substance Abuse, Emergency/Trauma, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 17 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, Substance Abuse Counseling, and trauma. Most people who know Bereavement Counseling also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional Counselor

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


Licensed Professional Counselors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $42K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $47K on average. Licensed Professional Counselors bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Licensed Professional Counselors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Professional Counselors, busy Fort Worth offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+14 percent), Austin (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tulsa and Cincinnati (12 percent lower and 7 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 17%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 10%


Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$46,000

trauma
up arrow 4%

Substance Abuse Counseling
up arrow 10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 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%
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