$47,280
Avg. Salary
$25.21
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,005

Bonus

$6,500

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is $25.21 per hour.

The average pay for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is $47,280 per year.

$17.60
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$25.21
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$50.04
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MEDIAN $25.21
$35k
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$47k
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$64k
90%
MEDIAN $47,280
$34,945 - $64,124
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$0$72K
Salary $34,945 - $64,124
Bonus $99.33 - $9,790
Profit Sharing $6,500
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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$35,389 - $72,315
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 982
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $17.60 - $50.04
Overtime $19.27 - $42.72
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $99.33 - $9,790
Profit Sharing $6,500
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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$35,389 - $72,315
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 433

Job Description for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

A licensed mental health counselor works with different types of patients in a variety of settings. Some work in clinics or hospitals treating patients as they arrive and in ongoing therapy. Others see patients in their homes for family counseling, and still others work in courts specifically overseeing matters of child custody and adoption. The counselor routinely deals with patients dealing with psychological issues. These may include - but are not limited to - substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationships issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual violence, and domestic violence. To best aid patients, the counselor regularly consults with (and often reports to) other medical professionals, law enforcement, educational professionals, and courts.

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Licensed Mental Health Counselor Tasks
  • Facilitate adult or youth groups and individual counseling sessions.
  • Prepare and execute treatment plans according to the needs of each patient.
  • Conduct psychological assessments, make recommendations, and maintain records.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Pay By Employer

$0$52K

Corizon
9 profiles
$47,932

Common Career Paths for Licensed Mental Health Counselor


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Licensed Mental Health Counselors who go on to become Licensed Professional Counselors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Licensed Professional Counselor, an upper-level role, pays $46K.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Job Listings

Popular Skills for Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Survey results imply that Licensed Mental Health Counselors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Clinical Supervision, Patient Counseling, Group Therapy, and Diagnosis and Treatment Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Substance Abuse and Crisis intervention as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Counseling also know Clinical Supervision.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Licensed Mental Health Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Mental Health Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 420 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 244 salaries. An experienced Licensed Mental Health Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 183 salaries. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 72 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

4%

-1%

-2%

-3%

-17%

National Average: $48,896

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

Licensed Mental Health Counselors will find that Florida offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Licensed Mental Health Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Worcester (+12 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+11 percent), Miami (+5 percent), and Jacksonville (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Albuquerque, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pensacola and Omaha (17 percent lower).

Licensed Mental Health Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor?

Licensed Mental Health Counselor:
The philosophy (like many other places) is 'do more with less.' It would help it management actually understood what the people who they manage actually do each day, and would actually listen to their input. The benefits are pretty good. There seems to be a huge emphasis on Mercy expanding, even if they haven't devoted enough time and attention to what already exists.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle:
Continuously expand your horizons by being involved with your own and the fields of Medicine, Psychiatry, Philosophy and the Arts. Make sure you understand that besides your skills and your art as a. Counselor, the relationship with your clients is what matters the most. Your task is to ultimately achieve not only knowledge but strive to gain wisdom. Work diligently and serve your fellow human beings conscienciously with empathy and compassion.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Charlotte:
"My Experience in Charlotte Holistically."
Pros: I like the city and culture in general.
Cons: The traffic and time spend to commute to and from work.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Warren:
"Alot of diversity."
Pros: Helping others to realize their potential.
Cons: The pay, no raises.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Rumford:
Be prepared to work for minimal compensation while you obtain work experience.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Springfield:
"Disproportionate Share Of Work And Responsibility."
Disproportionate share of work and responsibility lacking in financial compensation and opportunity.

Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lakeland:
"Social Work Versus Mental Health Counseling."
Know the Rules and Laws governing the profession. Remember that HIPAA, ethics and confidentiality aren't just things you study about in school. Maintain an attitude of empathy and keep your client at the center of his/her treatment.

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Key Stats for Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

▲18%

▲7%

National Average
$49,000

▼1%

▼9%

Skills That Affect Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Clinical Supervision
▲15%

Patient Counseling
▲6%



National Average
$49,000

▼1%

Crisis intervention
▼14%

Substance Abuse
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 29%