Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K per year. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors making up 77 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,681 - $50,095
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,718
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$11.99 - $26.44
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MEDIAN: $17.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,681 - $50,095  
   
Bonus
$195.33 - $5,025  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$28,033 - $51,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,017
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $26.44  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67  
Overtime
$12.10 - $30.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$195.33 - $5,025  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$28,033 - $51,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 603

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Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at National Counseling Group, where the average salary comes to $38K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,080

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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+12 percent), Miami (+11 percent), Tampa (+8 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Chicago and 8 percent less in Lynchburg, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 149 votes.
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
▲9%

Family Practice
▲6%

Bereavement Counseling
▲5%


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲2%

▲1%



National Average
$38,000


Milieu Therapy
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 24%
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