Mental Health Counselor Salary

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $39,633 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in trauma is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$30,012 - $54,131
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MEDIAN: $39,633
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$12.32 - $29.26
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MEDIAN: $17.66
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,012 - $54,131  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$28,679 - $56,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $29.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40  
Overtime
$12.58 - $34.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$195.74 - $4,966  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$28,679 - $56,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 819

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Job Description for Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors are healthcare workers who treat, and may even diagnose, mental health problems and illnesses. These counselors are typically state-certified, and requirements for the position often include master's-level education in counseling or human psychology; however, they are not always psychiatrists or psychologists aside from counseling. In any case, they employed primarily in hospitals and dedicated mental health or addiction clinics which value their versatility highly.

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Mental Health Counselor Tasks

  • Maintain accurate required documentation of patient care.
  • Counsel clients to promote optimal mental health, individually and in group sessions.
  • Design and implement treatment plans.
  • Assesses patient mental status and problems through interviews and observations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 1,549 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Mental Health Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 536 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 338 salaries. A Mental Health Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 147 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,161

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Mental Health Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Mental Health Counselor?

Mental Health Counselor in Bentonville:
"Counselor."
Pros: I enjoy the other mental health professionals I work with. I like feeling like I help people every once in awhile.
Cons: Working with dhs and Medicaid. Hearing horrific stories that children tell about their lives. Secondary trauma is a real thing and it sucks.

Mental Health Counselor in Watertown:
"Mostly rewarding."
Pros: The ability to help reduce recidivism and make a difference individually and on a community level.
Cons: The financial compensation.

Mental Health Counselor in West Des Moines:
"Rewarding, Flexible, Great environment."
Pros: My job allows me to help others through teaching them life skills they need to function on their own. It also allows me to teach parents appropriate ways to help their children learn or function. My co-workers are incredibly understanding and always available to provide support.
Cons: I have to utilize my own vehicle to transport my clients around town. I average about 2000 miles a month. I don't receive any compensation for using my own vehicle and I am responsible for all maintenance costs. My clients can be ungrateful for the services I provide. Most clients don't actually want to work with you. Most parents don't care that you're there to help them and would rather not see you. I have to utilize my own personal cellphone for work.

Mental Health Counselor in Morristown:
"Rewarding, interesting, stimulating, emotional, stressful."
Pros: Helping others; seeing clients get better.
Cons: Low pay, little advancement, limited staff.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 220 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Mental Health Counselor Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▲5%

National Average
$39,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

trauma
▲16%

Patient Counseling
▲10%






▲2%


Community Health
▼0%

National Average
$39,000



Bilingual
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 220 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 25%