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Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States pull down an average of $44K annually. Earnings generally vary between $33K and $75K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. Most Licensed Professional Counselors survey respondents are women (78 percent). Most Licensed Professional Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,429 - $61,610
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,597
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$16.79 - $72.85
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$17
$25
$73
MEDIAN: $25.00
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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 (?
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 - $3,024  
   
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.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Substance Abuse, Clinical Supervision, and Clinical Psychology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 8 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Substance Abuse Counseling and trauma. Most people skilled in Bereavement Counseling are similarly competent 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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. On average, Licensed Professional Counselors make $51K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Licensed Professional Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Licensed Professional Counselors in Fort Worth enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Austin (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Chicago is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Tulsa (13 percent less) and St. Louis (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

Late-Career
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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 204 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
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%