Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,557 - $49,489
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,877
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$11.97 - $30.24
(Median)
$12
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,557 - $49,489  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,956  
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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$27,120 - $52,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $30.24  
   
Overtime
$1.76 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,956  
   
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).
)
$27,120 - $52,129  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 647
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Pay Difference by Location


Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Tampa (+9 percent), and Baltimore (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (5 percent less) and Chicago (4 percent less).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Family Practice
up arrow 9%

Bereavement Counseling
up arrow 8%

Spanish Language
up arrow 6%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Clinical Psychology
up arrow 1%

Community Health
0%

Group Therapy
0%

National Average
$37,000

Case Management
up arrow 1%

Milieu Therapy
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%
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