Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors is very modest at just $37K per year. Female Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,684 - $49,420

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$12.00 - $30.05

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,684 - $49,420  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,926  
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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$27,248 - $51,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $30.05  
   
Overtime
$1.70 - $34.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,926  
   
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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$27,248 - $51,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 640
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Pay Difference by Location


Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Tampa (+9 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 18 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 4 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Chicago and Richmond.

Mental Health Counselor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Mental Health Counselor in Florida:
"That the salary would be lower than what is deserved."
Work hard and study hard. Concentrate on the areas that most interest you and develop your theories from there.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Family Practice
up arrow 8%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 7%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

Case Management
0%

Community Health
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$37,000

Milieu Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 253 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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