Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors ; the average employee scrapes together only around $37K annually. Female Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,593 - $49,450
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,916
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$12.00 - $30.10
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$28,593 - $49,450  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,920  
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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$27,214 - $52,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $30.10  
   
Overtime
$1.85 - $35.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,920  
   
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).
)
$27,214 - $52,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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Pay Difference by Location


Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, 27 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Tampa (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Workers in Chicago and Richmond earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 8%

Family Practice
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

Counseling
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Clinical Psychology
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Community Health
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$37,000

Case Management
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Milieu Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 25%
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