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Mental Health Counselor Salary

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $38,753 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.
$29,011 - $54,268
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $38,752
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$12.31 - $33.75
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$12
$18
$34
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$29,011 - $54,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,635  
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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$28,051 - $58,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,852
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $33.75  
   
Overtime
$1.33 - $37.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $11,635  
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).
)
$28,051 - $58,989  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 932
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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

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

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Mental Health Counselor Reviews

What is it like working as a Mental Health Counselor?

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 18%


Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 4%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Spanish Language
up arrow 1%

Group Therapy
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Milieu Therapy
0%

National Average
$39,000

Community Health
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 695 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

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%