The average wage for a Mental Health Counselor in Chicago, Illinois is $15.46 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on salary for this job.

$29,143 - $49,022
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$29K
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$49K
MEDIAN: $34,739
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$13.65 - $21.70
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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Local Salary Data (?
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Salary
$29,143 - $49,022  
   
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$28,708 - $46,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$13.65 - $21.70  
   
Overtime
$22.50  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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$28,708 - $46,232  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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About Chicago, Illinois

Cook County, Illinois
2,662,238
Male:
1,320,015 (48.5%)
Female:
1,400,541 (51.5%)
Chicago (/ʃᵻˈkɑːɡoʊ/ or /ʃᵻˈkɔːɡoʊ/), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is the most populous city in the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States, and the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10 million people and is the third-largest in the U.S. Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed, and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. The city is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation: O'Hare International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the world when measured by aircraft traffic; the region also has the largest number of U.S. highways and rail road freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research...
Chicago:
$50,702
Illinois:
$59,588
$985
Chicago:
$238,500
Illinois:
$180,300
6.3%

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Experience Affects Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Community Health
up arrow 9%

Milieu Therapy
up arrow 6%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%

National Average
$34,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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