Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Average Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States make around $45K annually. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and geography are driving factors as well. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Licensed Professional Counselors survey respondents are women (78 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,759 - $61,556
$34K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,737
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$16.37 - $55.31
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$25
$55
MEDIAN: $25.10
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,759 - $61,556  
   
Bonus
$305.55 - $7,195  
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$33,932 - $70,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.37 - $55.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$20.40 - $50.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$305.55 - $7,195  
   
Profit Sharing
$600  
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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$33,932 - $70,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 458

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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 $71K per year. It is more probable, however, that Licensed Professional Counselors become Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors or Clinical Supervisors.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, addiction, Bereavement Counseling, and Substance Abuse are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Substance Abuse Counseling and Emergency/Trauma. For most people, competency in Bereavement Counseling indicates knowledge of 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy 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 $49K. Licensed Professional Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,047

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

Licensed Professional Counselors will find that Pittsburgh offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 11 percent. Licensed Professional Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+10 percent), Austin (+9 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). Chicago is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New Orleans (13 percent lower) and Cincinnati (9 percent lower).

Licensed Professional Counselor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Licensed Professional Counselor

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries

▲26%

▲14%

▲7%

National Average
$46,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Licensed Professional Counselor Salaries


addiction
▲9%



Substance Abuse
▲6%

Case Management
▲2%

▲1%



National Average
$46,000


trauma
▼2%

Emergency/Trauma
▼6%

Substance Abuse Counseling
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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