Mental Health Counselor Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $38,745 per year. A skill in trauma is associated with high pay for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
Mental Health Counselor Salary (?
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$29,111 - $53,899
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MEDIAN: $38,745
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Mental Health Counselor Salary (?
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$12.28 - $34.59
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,111 - $53,899  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,000  
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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$28,182 - $59,000  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,983
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.28 - $34.59  
   
Overtime
$1.62 - $38.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,969  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $7,000  
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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$28,182 - $59,000  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 984
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Job Description for Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors work with patients every step of the way in the treatment of their mental health issues. At the beginning of treatment process, they interview and observe patients from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to diagnose them. They then design a specialized treatment plan that may involve individual or group therapy sessions. Additionally, they maintain accurate records of any treatment the patient undergoes. Many who choose this profession find a great deal of fulfillment in helping people cope with and overcome their problems.
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Mental Health Counselor Tasks
  • Design and implement treatment plans.
  • Assesses patient mental status and problems through interviews and observations.
  • Maintain accurate required documentation of patient care.
  • Counsel clients to promote optimal mental health, individually and in group sessions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Counselor

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Pay Difference By Location

Denver
up arrow 12%
Miami
up arrow 7%
Portland
up arrow 5%
Dallas
up arrow 4%
Columbus
up arrow 3%
Phoenix
up arrow 3%
Seattle
up arrow 2%
Houston
up arrow 1%
Boston
0%
National Average
$39,000
Atlanta
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Richmond
up arrow 6%
Orlando
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Nashville
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Experience Affects Mental Health Counselor Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

trauma
up arrow 17%
Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%
Milieu Therapy
up arrow 2%
Spanish Language
up arrow 1%
Group Therapy
up arrow 1%
Counseling
0%
National Average
$39,000
Community Health
up arrow 1%
Case Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%
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