Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (United States)

A typical Licensed Professional Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45,709 per year. Pay ranges from $33,098 on the low end to $77,588 per year on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, 67 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 77 percent of workers. For the most part, Licensed Professional Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (?
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$32,481 - $62,283
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MEDIAN: $43,470
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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary (?
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$16.83 - $73.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,481 - $62,283  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,050  
Profit Sharing
$715 - $11,745  
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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$33,098 - $77,588  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 862
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.83 - $73.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$715 - $11,745  
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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$33,098 - $77,588  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Professional Counselor

Self-Employed pays the most with a median salary of $44,004.

Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Substance Abuse and Clinical Supervision are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 10 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Bereavement Counseling are also skilled 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 Licensed Professional Counselors, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $42K to $46K. Salary comes to $51K after 10 to 20 years. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Licensed Professional Counselors at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

Fort Worth
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Pittsburgh
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Baltimore
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Charlotte
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National Average
$46,000
Denver
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Cincinnati
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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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For Licensed Professional Counselors, working in the bustling city of Fort Worth has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Austin, Pittsburgh, Houston, and Baltimore, top-paying markets where Licensed Professional Counselors rake in more than the national norm (+18 percent, +14 percent, +13 percent, and +9 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around -13 percent in Tulsa and -10 percent in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

Substance Abuse
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Counseling
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Bereavement Counseling
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National Average
$46,000
Group Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
77%
female alumni
 
Male
23%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 31%
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