Entry-Level Mental Health Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $39K per year. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors. Some workers in this field — one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors making up 77 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,078 - $50,822
$30K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,118
10%
50%
90%

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$12.00 - $27.78
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $17.56
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$0$52K
Salary $30,078 - $50,822
Bonus $147.95 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $700
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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$28,629 - $52,663
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,061
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $12.00 - $27.78
Hourly Tips $3.46
Overtime $11.92 - $30.48
Annual Data $0$52K
Bonus $147.95 - $5,034
Profit Sharing $700
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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$28,629 - $52,663
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 616

Mental Health Counselor Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Mental Health Counselor


National Counseling Group offers the largest salaries in town — $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,621

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

Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Mental Health Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+10 percent), Miami (+10 percent), Tampa (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Chicago (15 percent lower) and Lynchburg (9 percent lower).

Mental Health Counselor Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Mental Health Counselor in Orem:
"Psychology."
I talk to patients and help them trough what they are going through. I like helping people and make sure they are ok and that they are not going to hurt themselves or others.

Mental Health Counselor in Albany:
"Know what to look for."
When starting a new job make sure your looking for a supportive environment. Find out the type of supervision you will be receiving and make self care is valued by the organization.

Mental Health Counselor in Marengo:
"That I would eventually need a Ph.D."
Rewarding field except for lower wages.

Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs:
Get a degree in Social Work you can do more with it than you can a degree in psychology.

Mental Health Counselor in Denver:
"Growth opportunities."
Be sure to explore opportunities for growth. Bachelor's level won't get anyone very far these days, so if it's all you have, make sure you ask about additional responsibilities that would also involve a raise. Also, does the employer pay for additional schooling or training.

Mental Health Counselor in arizona:
"Supervision."
Make sure you get the agreement for supervision in writing.

Mental Health Counselor in Centralia:
"Get a a mentor."
Make sure that you have a good mentor for on the job training to learn what you don't learn in school.

Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
78%
5-9 years
11%

Skills That Affect Mental Health Counselor Salaries

Spanish Language
▲7%

Family Practice
▲5%

Bereavement Counseling
▲4%


Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
▲1%

▼0%


National Average
$39,000



Milieu Therapy
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 24%