Avg. Salary
Avg. Hourly Rate
Help us gather more data! Is Mental Health Counselor your job title? Find out what you're worth.

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $21.27 per hour.

The average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $33,927 per year.

MEDIAN $21.27
MEDIAN $33,927
$24,762 - $40,305
MEDIAN: $33,927

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

Salary $24,762 - $40,305
Bonus $4,250
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).
$25,121 - $45,739
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 10 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 10

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.


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 Job Listings

National Counseling Group Advice

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

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:
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.

Key Stats for Mental Health Counselor


70 %
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
1-4 years
5-9 years

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.


70 %
30 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 18%