Licensed Professional Counselor Salary

Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $44K per year. Compensation ranges from $33K on the lower end to $73K per year on the higher end. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. Female Licensed Professional Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$32,790 - $61,608
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,052
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$16.32 - $62.03
(Median)
$16
$25
$62
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$32,790 - $61,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $8,681  
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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$33,233 - $73,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,652
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$16.32 - $62.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$587 - $8,681  
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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$33,233 - $73,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 560
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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.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Professional Counselor


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Licensed Professional Counselors who transition into a Clinical Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $71K per year.

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Popular Skills for Licensed Professional Counselor


Licensed Professional Counselors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Substance Abuse, Bereavement Counseling, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Emergency/Trauma. Most people 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Professional Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $48K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Licensed Professional Counselors make a median salary of $52K. 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 $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,608

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

For Licensed Professional Counselors, busy Pittsburgh offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Licensed Professional Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+13 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), and Charlotte (+8 percent). Chicago is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Cincinnati (12 percent lower) and Portland (11 percent lower).

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 7%


Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 1%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 1%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

trauma
up arrow 4%

Emergency/Trauma
up arrow 5%

Case Management
up arrow 12%

Substance Abuse Counseling
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 266 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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