Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Average Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States make around $44K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $74K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — just under one in three — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Professional Counselors making up 79 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,651 - $61,431
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $43,735
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$16.48 - $64.56
(Median)
$16
$25
$65
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,651 - $61,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,988  
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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$33,273 - $73,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$16.48 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,988  
   
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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$33,273 - $73,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 462
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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 require a rather large skill set. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Substance Abuse Counseling. Those educated in Bereavement Counseling tend to be well versed 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 many Licensed Professional Counselors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $48K. Licensed Professional Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Professional Counselors, working in the bustling city of Pittsburgh has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+13 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Tulsa and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent less).

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
$45,000


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
0%

National Average
$45,000

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 230 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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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