Experienced Mental Health Counselor Salary

Average Experienced Mental Health Counselors make around $45K per year. Female Experienced Mental Health Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although nearly one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$31,299 - $60,934
$31K
$45K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,846
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90%

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$13.59 - $30.48
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MEDIAN: $19.30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,299 - $60,934  
   
Bonus
$2.30 - $5,817  
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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$30,139 - $62,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$500$1K$1K
Hourly Rate
$13.59 - $30.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$7.30 - $1,454  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$1M$2M$3M
Bonus
$2.30 - $5,817  
   
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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$30,139 - $62,088  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,675

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Experienced Mental Health Counselors, 12 percent above the national average. Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Richmond. Philadelphia and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 7 percent less than the median.

Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
10-19 years
83%
20 years or more
17%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Clinical Psychology
▲16%

Spanish Language
▲13%

Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲9%

▲3%

Group Therapy
▲3%

Family Practice
▲3%

Bereavement Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$44,000

Community Health
▼2%

Case Management
▼6%

Milieu Therapy
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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