Licensed Mental Health Counselor Salary
|Salary||$35,046 - $62,701|
|Bonus||$48.48 - $6,952|
|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).)
|$35,367 - $71,430|
|Hourly Rate||$17.62 - $48.23|
|Overtime||$16.78 - $64.56|
|Bonus||$48.48 - $6,952|
|Total Pay (||$35,367 - $71,430|
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.Read More...
A typical day for a counselor begins by reviewing upcoming scheduled patients and meeting with those patients. After each patient meeting, a recorded assessment of progress is noted in their patient file. Follow-up calls with other professionals to discuss patient care and treatment may be necessary. Meeting with hospitalized, institutionalized, or home-bound patients may also take place during the work day. Patient paperwork and notations to fellow professionals often require additional time in the office or at home.
A licensed mental health counselor spends many years training for this position. After successful completion of a master's degree in mental health, a prospective counselor then performs two years of supervised clinical experience. Then, the candidate takes a licensing exam to receive the title of licensed mental health counselor. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
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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.
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