Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Commissions form a big slice (slightly less than two-thirds) of total compensation for Licensed Professional Counselors. The median income in this area hovers around $47K. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,923 - $62,077
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,202
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90%

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$17.04 - $56.01
$17
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$56
MEDIAN: $25.70
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$0$72K
Salary $33,923 - $62,077
Bonus $318.40 - $5,068
Profit Sharing $800
Commission $30,000
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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$34,272 - $72,528
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,325
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $17.04 - $56.01
Hourly Tips $2.50
Overtime $20.40 - $58.17
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $318.40 - $5,068
Commission $30,000
Profit Sharing $800
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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$34,272 - $72,528
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 485

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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

  • Facilitate adult or youth groups and individual counseling sessions.
  • Prepare and execute treatment plans according to the needs of each patient.
  • Conduct psychological assessments, make recommendations, and maintain records.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Professional Counselor


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While not commonly seen, Licensed Professional Counselors who transition into a Clinical Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Clinical Directors is $72K per year. However, becoming a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor or Clinical Supervisor is a more frequent transition for Licensed Professional Counselors.

Licensed Professional Counselor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Professional Counselor

Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Licensed Professional Counselors seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in addiction, Clinical Supervision, Clinical Psychology, and Bereavement Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Substance Abuse Counseling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Emergency/Trauma and trauma also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Bereavement Counseling also tend to know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Professional Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Professional Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Professional Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 1,001 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Professional Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 508 salaries. An experienced Licensed Professional Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 387 salaries. A Licensed Professional Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 151 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,885

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Licensed Professional Counselors in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+11 percent), Pittsburgh (+11 percent), Austin (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 16 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Employers in New Orleans and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Licensed Professional Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Professional Counselor?

Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Helping people. Guiding people through difficult times.
Cons: Dealing with insurance companies.

Licensed Professional Counselor in Chattanooga:
Pros: Working with children.
Cons: School politics.

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.

Licensed Professional Counselor in Helena:
"Excellent."
Pros: Self-employed, helping others.
Cons: Stressful.

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Key Stats for Licensed Professional Counselor

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

▲23%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries


addiction
▲8%



Substance Abuse
▲4%

▼0%

Case Management
▼0%

National Average
$47,000


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▼1%


trauma
▼4%

Emergency/Trauma
▼10%

Substance Abuse Counseling
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 201 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 31%
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