Counseling Psychologist Salary

Median pay for Counseling Psychologists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $58K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Counseling Psychologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The vast majority of Counseling Psychologists (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,354 - $87,835
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$57K
$88K
MEDIAN: $57,001
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$10.32 - $59.60
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MEDIAN: $22.50
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$0$96K
Salary $31,354 - $87,835
Bonus $0.00 - $3,041
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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$30,919 - $96,500
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 96
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $10.32 - $59.60
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$96K
Bonus $0.00 - $3,041
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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$30,919 - $96,500
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

Job Description for Counseling Psychologist

A counseling psychologist is a mental health professional who works with patients to improve their mental, behavioral and emotional health. They use psychological techniques in their therapy sessions to help patients with issues such as anxiety, depression and interpersonal conflicts. In addition, counseling psychologists also provide assessment and diagnosis - as well as participate in treatment - for more severe psychological symptoms. Some specific duties performed by a counseling psychologist include undertaking risk assessments, planning and implementing therapy, evaluating the outcome of therapy sessions and keeping accurate, up-to-date patient records. These professionals provide clients with a safe place to discuss their issues, as well as offer stress management and coping strategies.

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Common Career Paths for Counseling Psychologist


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Counseling Psychologists often transition into Psychologist positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Psychologists earn $71K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Counseling Psychologist

Pay by Experience for a Counseling Psychologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Counseling Psychologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Counseling Psychologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 23 salaries. An experienced Counseling Psychologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 15 salaries. A Counseling Psychologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 12 salaries.

Counseling Psychologist Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Counseling Psychologist?

Counseling Psychologist in Houston:
"Low Salaries For University Counseling Center Psychologists."
While working in a university counseling center is typically extremely rewarding and job satisfaction tends to be high, the salary is not at all competitive compared to psychologists working in private practice, hospitals, clinics or many agencies.

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Key Stats for Counseling Psychologist

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Counseling Psychologist Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲14%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
▼6%

Skills That Affect Counseling Psychologist Salaries

Group Therapy
▲12%

Counseling
▲2%

National Average
$56,000

Clinical Psychology
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 14%