Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $36,325 per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and 25 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by most and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 78 percent of workers. The majority of Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary (?
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$28,310 - $49,207
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36,430
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Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary (?
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$11.90 - $30.50
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,310 - $49,207  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
Profit Sharing
$298.33 - $1,017  
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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$27,077 - $52,062  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,274
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.90 - $30.50  
   
Overtime
$2.07 - $37.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
   
Profit Sharing
$298.33 - $1,017  
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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$27,077 - $52,062  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 662
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Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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Baltimore
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Columbus
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$36,000
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For Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+9 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Columbus (+8 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (-4 percent) and Richmond (-3 percent).

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Family Practice
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Bereavement Counseling
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Spanish Language
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Counseling
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Community Health
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National Average
$36,000
Clinical Psychology
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Milieu Therapy
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Case Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 496 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 25%
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