Updated August 22, 2022

Average Mental Health Counselor Salary

$49,471yearly

$23.78 hourly

Entry level Salary
$34,000 yearly
$34,000
10 %
$49,471
Median
$70,000
90 %

How much does a Mental Health Counselor make?

Mental health counselors make $49,471 per year on average, or $23.78 per hour, in the United States. Mental health counselors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $34,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $70,000.

Location impacts how much a mental health counselor can expect to make. Mental health counselors make the most in Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, and Maryland.

Highest Paying States For Mental Health Counselors

The darker areas on the map show where mental health counselors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Mental Health Counselor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1Arizona$55,995$26.921,246
2Idaho$55,832$26.84346
3Maine$53,379$25.66297
4Michigan$51,576$24.801,724
5Nevada$57,395$27.59308
6Missouri$52,621$25.301,034
7Utah$54,462$26.18461
8Maryland$54,983$26.431,234
9Washington$58,089$27.93
10California$54,747$26.325,742
11Oklahoma$49,596$23.84546
12Rhode Island$51,344$24.68191
13Connecticut$54,029$25.98481
14Ohio$47,691$22.931,888
15Texas$50,804$24.432,927
16Indiana$46,468$22.341,415
17Wyoming$47,940$23.05109
18Hawaii$51,864$24.93177
19North Dakota$48,613$23.37157
20District of Columbia$53,239$25.60275
21Oregon$51,905$24.95525
22South Dakota$48,678$23.40141
23Kansas$49,811$23.95
24Kentucky$47,484$22.83616
25Vermont$47,120$22.65160
26Alaska$47,471$22.82166
27Louisiana$46,978$22.59634
28Alabama$46,955$22.57651
29Nebraska$47,244$22.71344
30Minnesota$45,763$22.001,401
31Virginia$48,986$23.551,432
32New York$50,527$24.291,821
33Colorado$47,761$22.961,001
34West Virginia$46,868$22.5386
35Wisconsin$46,992$22.59
36Massachusetts$42,904$20.633,064
37North Carolina$44,302$21.301,662
38New Mexico$47,022$22.61
39New Hampshire$45,637$21.94245
40Pennsylvania$44,104$21.201,771
41Montana$46,313$22.27151
42Iowa$42,235$20.31654
43New Jersey$46,332$22.271,060
44Tennessee$43,531$20.93468
45Arkansas$39,188$18.84509
46Florida$44,530$21.411,737
47Delaware$42,730$20.54196
48Illinois$43,615$20.971,300
49Mississippi$41,318$19.86
50Georgia$40,641$19.541,092
51South Carolina$38,845$18.68473

Highest Paying Cities For Mental Health Counselors

Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Longview, WA$58,959$28.35
2Las Vegas, NV$57,354$27.57
3San Francisco, CA$55,358$26.61
4Baltimore, MD$55,185$26.53
5Salt Lake City, UT$54,254$26.08
6Ridgefield, CT$54,069$25.99
7Portland, ME$54,014$25.97
8Washington, DC$53,295$25.62
9Albany, OR$52,047$25.02
10Corpus Christi, TX$51,555$24.79
11New York, NY$50,656$24.35
12Colorado Springs, CO$47,887$23.02
13Cheyenne, WY$47,671$22.92
14Columbus, OH$47,437$22.81
15Shreveport, LA$46,769$22.49

Mental Health Counselor Salary Details

Average Mental Health Counselor Salary Graph
Average Mental Health Counselor Salary Graph, Trends, and Summary

What is a Mental Health Counselor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$70,000$5,833$34
75th Percentile$59,000$4,917$28
Average$49,471$4,123$24
25th Percentile$41,000$3,417$20
10th Percentile$34,000$2,833$16

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Counselor Internship$45,500$3,792$21.88132,694
Alcohol And Drug Counselor$45,758$3,813$22.0077,461
Crisis Counselor$51,142$4,262$24.5976,255
Group Counselor$40,155$3,346$19.3184,413
Program Counselor$43,820$3,652$21.07133,491
Counselor$36,225$3,019$17.4277,536

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Which Companies Pay Mental Health Counselors The Most?

The highest paying companies for mental health counselors are Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services and The LCADA Way according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Apple and Phoenix Counseling Center report highly competitive wages for mental health counselors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Family Life Counseling & Psychiatric Services$90,470$43.505
2The LCADA Way$88,657$42.6217
3Apple$84,233$40.506
4Phoenix Counseling Center$80,492$38.70
5Wellpath$75,777$36.43394
6City of Reno$74,166$35.662
7Child Guidance Center$69,739$33.536
8Hospice Buffalo$69,283$33.311
9Sandia National Labs$68,980$33.16
10Thriveworks$66,766$32.104,134
11PeaceHealth$64,991$31.2555
12MaineGeneral Health$62,937$30.2626
13Cure Healthcare Staffing$62,725$30.16
14Community Counseling and Mediation$62,687$30.14
15Mental Health Systems$62,625$30.1121
16Tenet Healthcare$62,278$29.9486
17Aurora Mental Health Center$61,593$29.61
18Halifax Health$61,060$29.3618
19HealthRIGHT 360$60,969$29.312
20University of California, Berkeley$60,861$29.26

How Much Do Mental Health Counselors Make In Different Industries?

Mental health counselor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that the health care, government, and education industries tend to offer much higher salaries for mental health counselors. For example, mental health counselors make a whopping average salary of $52,181 while working in the health care industry. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $51,859 in the government industry and $51,841 in the education industry.

Mental health counselors may want to avoid working in the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary of $49,849.

Highest Paying Industries For Mental Health Counselors

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Health Care$52,181$25.09
2Government$51,859$24.93
3Education$51,841$24.92
4Professional$50,685$24.37
5Non Profits$49,849$23.97

High Paying Mental Health Counselor Jobs

Mental Health Counselor Salary Trends

Average Mental Health Counselor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Mental Health Counselor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$49,500$23.78+3.0%
    2021$48,000$23.06+2.4%
    2020$46,800$22.51+2.4%
    2019$45,700$21.96+1.9%
    2018$44,800$21.54+2.2%

    Recently Added Mental Health Counselor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Advanced Recovery SystemsMental Health CounselorUpper Marlboro, MD07/26/2022$62,610
    Monument HealthLPC Mental Health Counselor | Behavioral Health |Rapid City, SD07/26/2022$57,158
    Seneca CenterBilingual Mental Health CounselorRiverside, CA07/26/2022$50,088
    Company ConfidentialMental Health CounselorDevens, MA07/25/2022$62,610
    Benchmark Human ServicesLicensed Mental Health CounselorFort Wayne, IN07/24/2022$65,000
    Summitstone Health PartnersBehavioral Health Counselor, ResidentialFort Collins, CO07/23/2022$52,959
    County of Napa, CaliforniaMental Health Counselor-Licensed/Unlicensed Registered Associate (Access Unit)-ContinuousNapa, CA07/23/2022$86,632
    LionrockTelehealth Substance Abuse/Mental Health CounselorSaint Louis, MO07/23/2022$50,000
    LionrockTelehealth Substance Abuse/Mental Health CounselorReno, NV07/23/2022$50,000
    Advanced Recovery Systems, LLCLicensed Mental Health Counselor)Miami, FL07/22/2022$73,045

    Mental Health Counselor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Mental Health Counselors the most?

    Washington pays Mental Health Counselors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $58,089 per year, or $27.93 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Mental Health Counselor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Mental Health Counselor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Nevada you should be paid close to $57,395 per year.

    What type of Mental Health Counselor gets paid the most?

    Mental Health Clinician gets paid the most. Mental Health Clinician made a median salary of $54,359. The best-paid 10 percent make $67,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $44,000.

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