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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. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The majority of Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,501 - $49,572
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,809
10%
50%
90%

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$11.99 - $30.32
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
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
$28,501 - $49,572  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,988  
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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$27,154 - $52,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,144
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $30.32  
   
Overtime
$1.73 - $37.90  
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 - $1,988  
   
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).
)
$27,154 - $52,322  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 638

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Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Indianapolis (+10 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), and Buffalo (+7 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Chicago (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Family Practice
up arrow 10%

Group Therapy
up arrow 9%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$37,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Community Health
up arrow 1%

Milieu Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 301 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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