$40,365
Avg. Salary
$18.24
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$993

Profit Sharing

$750

Commission

$1,000

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $18.24 per hour.

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $40,365 per year.

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MEDIAN $18
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MEDIAN $40,365
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MEDIAN: $40,365
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$0$58K
Salary $30,489 - $56,184
Bonus $102 - $5,062
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,469
Commission $1,000
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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$29,326 - $58,967
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,593
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.61 - $30.17
Hourly Tips $0.15
Overtime $13.52 - $36.07
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $102 - $5,062
Commission $1,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,469
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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$29,326 - $58,967
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,598

Job Description for Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors are healthcare workers who treat, and may even diagnose, mental health problems and illnesses. These counselors are typically state-certified, and requirements for the position often include master's-level education in counseling or human psychology; however, they are not always psychiatrists or psychologists aside from counseling. In any case, they employed primarily in hospitals and dedicated mental health or addiction clinics which value their versatility highly.

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Mental Health Counselor Tasks

  • Maintain accurate required documentation of patient care.
  • Counsel clients to promote optimal mental health, individually and in group sessions.
  • Design and implement treatment plans.
  • Assesses patient mental status and problems through interviews and observations.

Mental Health Counselor Pay By Employer

$0$51K

$33,927

$38,660

$40,000

$30,643

$26,915

Corizon
6 profiles
$49,261

$37,523

$38,000

$40,000

Common Career Paths for Mental Health Counselor


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Mental Health Counselor Job Listings

Popular Skills for Mental Health Counselor

Pay by Experience Level for Mental Health Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Mental Health Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Mental Health Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 1,549 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $41,000 based on 536 salaries. An experienced Mental Health Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 338 salaries. A 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 $46,000 based on 147 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,053

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

Mental Health Counselor Advice

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

Mental Health Counselor in Nashville:
"How the organization was structured."
Before you say yes to a firm, be sure that all aspects of the agency function is explained.

Mental Health Counselor in Seattle:
"That I would be working with parents and going into the home."
The job requires you to work more than 9 hours.. Must be compassionate, critical thinker, and probl solver.

Mental Health Counselor in Florida:
"That the salary would be lower than what is deserved."
Work hard and study hard. Concentrate on the areas that most interest you and develop your theories from there.

Mental Health Counselor in Longview:
"Stressful."
Pros: That I can help make someone's day a little better.
Cons: Stressful, tiresome, dangerous at times.

Mental Health Counselor in West Des Moines:
"Rewarding, Flexible, Great environment."
Pros: My job allows me to help others through teaching them life skills they need to function on their own. It also allows me to teach parents appropriate ways to help their children learn or function. My co-workers are incredibly understanding and always available to provide support.
Cons: I have to utilize my own vehicle to transport my clients around town. I average about 2000 miles a month. I don't receive any compensation for using my own vehicle and I am responsible for all maintenance costs. My clients can be ungrateful for the services I provide. Most clients don't actually want to work with you. Most parents don't care that you're there to help them and would rather not see you. I have to utilize my own personal cellphone for work.

Mental Health Counselor in Morristown:
"Rewarding, interesting, stimulating, emotional, stressful."
Pros: Helping others; seeing clients get better.
Cons: Low pay, little advancement, limited staff.

Mental Health Counselor in San Diego:
Pros: Great working directly in The field.
Cons: Bad Pay and flexible schedule With High crisis cases.

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Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 468 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Mental Health Counselor Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

trauma
▲14%

Patient Counseling
▲7%






National Average
$40,000

▼1%


Community Health
▼2%


Bilingual
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 468 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 26%