Mental Health Counselor Salary

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $39,119 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.

$29,551 - $53,533
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$30K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,118
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$12.37 - $30.14
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$29,551 - $53,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,697  
Profit Sharing
$303.39  
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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$28,598 - $56,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,781
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $30.14  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.62  
Overtime
$1.54 - $34.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,697  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.39  
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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$28,598 - $56,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 980
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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

  • 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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,742

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Mental Health Counselor Reviews

What is it like working as a Mental Health Counselor?

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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Experience Affects Mental Health Counselor Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

trauma
up arrow 17%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
up arrow 9%





Counseling
up arrow 1%

Community Health
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Milieu Therapy
up arrow 1%

Bilingual
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 379 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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