Crisis Counselor Salary

Crisis Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $38K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Female Crisis Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one-fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Crisis Counselors. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,481 - $55,854
$27K
$37K
$56K
MEDIAN: $37,494
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50%
90%

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$12.35 - $27.48
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $17.56
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$0$56K
Salary $27,481 - $55,854
Bonus $800
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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$26,356 - $56,426
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 168
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $12.35 - $27.48
Hourly Tips $1.46
Overtime $3.04 - $31.28
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $800
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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$26,356 - $56,426
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 161

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Job Description for Crisis Counselor

A crisis counselor works with clients who have been through crises, listening to clients and providing resources (and, as applicable, suggestions) related to the crisis and clients' specific needs. Generally, the objective is not to get clients to forget about the crisis, but to help them develop strategies for coping and processing trauma. The counseling may be private or take place in a group counseling setting depending on the situation and position. Additionally, some counselors work with youth and/or families.

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Crisis Counselor Tasks

  • Work with clients over the phone or in person to determine the crisis and immediate needs.
  • Identify appropriate resources and connect clients to assistance.
  • Report on interactions and escalate serious cases.
  • Screen and assess patients for mental, chemical and other factors to determine next steps.

Common Career Paths for Crisis Counselor


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Crisis Counselors who go on to become Non-Profit Executive Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Non-Profit Executive Directors is $60K annually. It is not uncommon for a Crisis Counselor to continue on to become a Mental Health Counselor or a MSW Social Worker.

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Pay by Experience Level for Crisis Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Crisis Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Crisis Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 212 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Crisis Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Crisis Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 54 salaries. A Crisis Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 16 salaries.

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Key Stats for Crisis Counselor

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Crisis Counselor Salaries

▲24%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$38,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Crisis Counselor Salaries

Crisis intervention
▲11%

▲1%


National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 23%
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