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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Median pay for Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $44K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $75K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by just over a half. Female Licensed Professional Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Job satisfaction for Licensed Professional Counselors is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,650 - $61,717
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,727
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90%

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$16.80 - $66.94
(Median)
$17
$25
$67
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
$32,650 - $61,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,996  
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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$33,351 - $74,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,227
National Hourly Rate 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$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$16.80 - $66.94  
   
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,996  
   
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).
)
$33,351 - $74,531  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436

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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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. 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.


Licensed Professional Counselors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $48K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Licensed Professional Counselors, Fort Worth provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+14 percent), Austin (+12 percent), Houston (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Chicago. Tulsa and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 8 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%



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
43%
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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