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Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors is very modest at just $36K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors making up 79 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although nearly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$28,073 - $49,460
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,461
10%
50%
90%

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$11.95 - $30.50
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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
$28,073 - $49,460  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,994  
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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$26,928 - $52,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $30.50  
   
Overtime
$1.88 - $36.92  
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 - $1,994  
   
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).
)
$26,928 - $52,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 629
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Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Baltimore (+9 percent), Buffalo (+8 percent), Dallas (+7 percent), and Phoenix (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Family Practice
up arrow 12%

Group Therapy
up arrow 8%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$36,000

Community Health
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 2%

Milieu Therapy
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 392 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 26%