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Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors is very modest at just $37K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors making up 79 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,268 - $49,565
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,790
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90%

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$11.94 - $30.20
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,268 - $49,565  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,985  
Profit Sharing
$296.61 - $1,250  
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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$26,953 - $52,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$1.70 - $38.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,985  
   
Profit Sharing
$296.61 - $1,250  
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).
)
$26,953 - $52,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 630

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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Buffalo (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (7 percent less) and Chicago (5 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Family Practice
up arrow 11%

Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Community Health
0%

Clinical Psychology
0%

National Average
$37,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Milieu Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 319 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%