Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors survey respondents are women (77 percent). Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,629 - $49,775
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $38,520
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$11.99 - $26.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,629 - $49,775  
   
Bonus
$195.18 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,926 - $51,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 987
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $26.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$12.10 - $30.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$195.18 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$27,926 - $51,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 595

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For Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, comfortable salaries can be found at National Counseling Group; in fact, median earnings sit around $35K, the highest in the area.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,922

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For Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+12 percent), Miami (+11 percent), Tampa (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (14 percent less) and Lynchburg (8 percent less).

Mental Health Counselor Advice

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

Mental Health Counselor in Albany:
"Know what to look for."
When starting a new job make sure your looking for a supportive environment. Find out the type of supervision you will be receiving and make self care is valued by the organization.

Mental Health Counselor in Denver:
"Growth opportunities."
Be sure to explore opportunities for growth. Bachelor's level won't get anyone very far these days, so if it's all you have, make sure you ask about additional responsibilities that would also involve a raise. Also, does the employer pay for additional schooling or training.

Mental Health Counselor in Centralia:
"Get a a mentor."
Make sure that you have a good mentor for on the job training to learn what you don't learn in school.

Mental Health Counselor in Nashville:
"How the organization was structured."
Before you say yes to a firm, be sure that all aspects of the agency function is explained.

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.

Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
077
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
12%
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Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Spanish Language
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Family Practice
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Bereavement Counseling
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Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
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National Average
$38,000


Milieu Therapy
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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