Salary for Mental Health Counselors

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Also known as: Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Mental Health Counselor
Mental health counselors work with individuals to encourage healthy emotional handling of stressful situations, marital problems, chenges in life, family related issues, substance abuse, aging and self-esteem. They conduct assessments of clients' mental health and risk of suicide, and work to prevent mental illness. Their work may be conducted in group or on-on-one sessions, and oftentimes detailed records of meetings are required by local, state and federal laws. A minimum of a Master's degree is often required for this field, and additional certification or straining may be necessary.

A Mental Health Counselor will usually earn an average wage ranging between 24000 to 36000 based on education and experience. Mental Health Counselors can earn an average salary of Thirty Nine Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per annum.

Mental Health Counselors are paid at the highest average level in Maine, where they get job pay of approximating $55150. Professionals that work in this career are paid at the highest level in Public Administration, which has average pay levels of $60870.

The national wage distribution is shown below. To overlay local salaries for a Mental Health Counselor, please select your state.

ANNUAL SALARY

HOURLY RATE

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 10.81 percent nationwide in that time.
Mental Health Counselors tend to make the most in the following industries
Finance and Insurance
$60,870
Public Administration
$50,130
Educational Services
$46,560
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,260
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$45,840
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,930
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Health Care and Social Assistance
$40,040
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$40,750
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,930
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$45,840
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$46,260
Educational Services
$46,560

SALARY COMPARISON BY STATE

HIGHEST PAYING

Mental Health Counselors have the highest average income in the following states
Maine
$55,150
Alaska
$54,030
Nevada
$52,770
California
$51,910
Oregon
$49,490
Idaho
$49,060
District of Columbia
$48,440

LOWEST PAYING

The following states have the lowest average wages for this career
Puerto Rico
$29,760
Montana
$29,980
Louisiana
$30,720
Tennessee
$30,770
West Virginia
$32,030
Rhode Island
$32,240
Missouri
$33,870

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