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Working As a Counselor

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Counselor Do

A Counselor helps people to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to past and present experiences. They work with individuals, groups, and communities to improve their mental health.

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Counselor Career Paths

Counselor
Therapist Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Therapist Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Manager Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Tutor Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Consultant Program Manager
Service Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Office Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Social Worker Clinician
Senior Clinician
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Staff Nurse Clinician
Therapist And Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Care Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Social Worker Social Work Supervisor
Director Of Social Work
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Supervisor Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Clinic Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Case Manager
Utilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tutor Special Education Teacher Education Consultant
Student Dean
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
Show Salaries
$27,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$55,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Health First
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Counselor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Counselor in the United States is $39,400 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $55,000.

Real Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Counselor Phil Art Studio & Sci Toefl In Ny New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $95,313
Counselor B Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Sep 02, 2015 $65,900
Tourist Business Counselor America Asia Travel Center Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 28, 2013 $65,720
Business Counselor Wealth Ocean Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2013 $65,000
Counselor Sathya LLC Cedar Park, TX Jun 01, 2016 $62,800
Medical Counselor Mohammed Amirul Islam, Md, Pa Port Arthur, TX Sep 29, 2015 $62,610
Counselor Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $61,466
Counselor Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Oct 01, 2016 $61,466
Counselor Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $59,676
Animal Behavior Counselor The Pet Wellness Center, P.C. Plainview, NY Nov 01, 2013 $59,250
Counselor Safe Harbor Retreat LLC East Hampton, NY Jun 15, 2016 $58,436
Counselor Phil Art Studio Inc. Fort Lee, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $45,142
Counselor III Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Sep 25, 2014 $45,000
Behavioral Counselor The Hope Source, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Jan 09, 2016 $45,000
Counselor III Koreatown Youth and Community Center, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2014 $45,000
Business Counselor Pacific Asian Consortium In Employment Los Angeles, CA Jan 10, 2014 $44,000
Counselor State University of New York College at Plattsburg Plattsburgh, NY Aug 30, 2014 $43,907
Counselors, All Other Misericordia Home Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2014 $43,827
Migration Counselor Catholic Charities Community Services-Archdiocese New York, NY Jun 01, 2014 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $38,000
Migration Counselor Catholic Charities Community Services-Archdiocese New York, NY Sep 15, 2014 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Apr 27, 2015 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Jul 06, 2015 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Oct 16, 2015 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Aug 07, 2015 $38,000
Counselor Advocate New York Asian Women's Center New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $38,000

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Top Skills for A Counselor

  1. Treatment Plans
  2. Crisis Intervention
  3. Mental Health Services
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed treatment plans to address problems identified in psycho-social assessment and reviewed on a regular basis to insure appropriateness of goals.
  • Provided crisis intervention, treatment and resource referrals, supervised consultations and managed care clinical assessments for Employee Assistance Programs nationwide.
  • Advocated for participants seeking housing, legal advice and mental health services while encouraging and facilitating participant's independent action plan.
  • Developed and implemented an extra intensive out-patient program for individuals struggling with repeated relapses while in out-patient treatment for substance abuse.
  • Provided individual counseling and co-facilitated group therapy sessions for adult offenders in an intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment program.

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Top 10 Best States for Counselors

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  5. Montana
  6. Alaska
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Counselor Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 108,261 Counselor resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Counselor Demographics

Gender

Female

54.2%

Male

33.3%

Unknown

12.5%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

12.4%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.8%

French

10.4%

Italian

3.0%

German

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Chinese

2.5%

Russian

2.4%

Portuguese

2.3%

Arabic

2.1%

Hebrew

1.7%

Japanese

1.5%

Hindi

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Polish

0.5%

Urdu

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Tagalog

0.4%

Swahili

0.3%
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Counselor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.5%

Liberty University

9.4%

Capella University

8.3%

Walden University

6.7%

Texas A&M University

5.4%

Florida State University

4.8%

Grand Canyon University

4.8%

Webster University

4.4%

New York University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

Florida International University

3.8%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.7%

Temple University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Fordham University

3.4%

Nova Southeastern University

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

Troy University

3.2%

Ashford University

3.0%

Springfield College

3.0%
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Majors

Psychology

15.8%

Social Work

11.5%

Business

10.1%

School Counseling

9.3%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Counseling Psychology

6.6%

Mental Health Counseling

5.6%

Human Services

3.9%

Sociology

3.8%

Education

3.7%

Communication

3.2%

Nursing

3.0%

Clinical Psychology

2.2%

Kinesiology

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.2%

English

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%

Biology

1.9%

Family Therapy

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.8%

Masters

29.8%

Other

17.9%

Associate

6.6%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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What Is It Like To Work As A Counselor

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What do you like the most about working as Counselor?

Change agent when people are stuck and need support in the process of restoration. One on one and group processing is powerful... Show More

What do you NOT like?

The over documentation required by DHS that robs the quality time needed in intervention and treatment. This lopsided demand makes the term “best practices” mere bureaucratic lip service without the means to actually deliver quality hands on services... Show More

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