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.

$30,203 - $55,023
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$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,038
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$12.36 - $29.06
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MEDIAN: $17.95
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$0$56K
Salary $30,203 - $55,023
Bonus $152.05 - $4,966
Profit Sharing $700
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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$28,918 - $56,858
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,507
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.36 - $29.06
Hourly Tips $0.40
Overtime $10.17 - $37.50
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $152.05 - $4,966
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $700
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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$28,918 - $56,858
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 880

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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: $39,631

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Mental Health Counselor Reviews

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

Mental Health Counselor in Port Charlotte:
"Need more consistency."
Pros: Freedom to make my own schedule.
Cons: Way I get paid, sharing office.

Mental Health Counselor in El Paso:
"Helping profession."
Pros: Mental health care, special populations.
Cons: Nothing, I enjoy my job however the work load could be less.

Mental Health Counselor in Dayton:
"Don't go into this field."
Pros: Helping people.
Cons: Long hours, stress, poverty wage.

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 Greenville:
Pros: Co-workers, job duties, managers.
Cons: I am under paid and need more money.

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 Fife:
"I love.it."
Pros: Seeing the people.recover.
Cons: Dealing with ones that become violent.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 263 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

▲16%

▲10%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

trauma
▲15%

Patient Counseling
▲9%






▼0%


National Average
$40,000

Community Health
▼1%


Bilingual
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 263 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

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: 48%
no benefits
None: 25%
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