Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $33K to $74K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the specific company. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Licensed Professional Counselors making up 78 percent. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,675 - $61,579
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,709
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$16.68 - $65.58
(Median)
$17
$25
$66
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,675 - $61,579  
   
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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$33,379 - $74,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$16.68 - $65.58  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.06  
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 - $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).
)
$33,379 - $74,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 455
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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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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, 17 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Substance Abuse Counseling. The majority of those who know Bereavement Counseling also know 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Licensed Professional Counselors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Licensed Professional Counselors in Pittsburgh enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Portland (12 percent lower and 11 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%



Clinical Psychology
up arrow 4%

trauma
up arrow 3%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$46,000

Substance Abuse Counseling
up arrow 10%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 228 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
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%
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