Mental Health Counselor Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $38,840 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Mental Health Counselor Total Pay (?
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$29,088 - $53,917
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MEDIAN: $38,840
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Mental Health Counselor Total Pay (?
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$12.16 - $36.33
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,088 - $53,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $2,068  
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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$28,021 - $59,142  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.16 - $36.33  
   
Overtime
$1.72 - $38.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,978  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $2,068  
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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$28,021 - $59,142  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,193
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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.
Read more about: Counselors, Mental Health
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Pay Difference By Location
Denver
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Miami
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Houston
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Seattle
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Phoenix
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Columbus
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National Average
$39,000
Dallas
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Atlanta
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Boston
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Orlando
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Richmond
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Nashville
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Pittsburgh
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Experience Affects Mental Health Counselor Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 4%
Clinical Psychology
up arrow 3%
Spanish Language
up arrow 1%
Milieu Therapy
up arrow 1%
Group Therapy
up arrow 1%
Counseling
0%
National Average
$39,000
Community Health
up arrow 1%
Case Management
up arrow 3%
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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
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%
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