Mental Health Counselor Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 19, 2020
$41,000
$26,000
Min 10%
$41,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Vantage Health Plan
Highest Paying City
Napa, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Average Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a mental health counselor make?
The national average salary for a Mental Health Counselor in the United States is $41,296 per year or $19.85 per hour. The top 10 percent of earners make over $65,000 annually, whereas the bottom 10 percent of earners make under $26,000 per year. Employers that have the highest concentration of job opportunities for Mental Health Counselors are Health Care companies and Non Profits companies. The top 5 states when it comes to Mental Health Counselor salaries are Alaska, Oregon, Louisiana, Washington, and Texas. The typical tenure for a Mental Health Counselor is 2.9 years.

Average Mental Health Counselor Salary By Location

The national average salary for a Mental Health Counselor in the United States is $41,296 per year or $19.85 per hour. The top city when it comes to Mental Health Counselor salaries is Napa, CA at $43,856 per year. Even an entry-level Mental Health Counselor makes $23,000 per year in Napa, CA. Alaska, Oregon, Louisiana, Washington, and Texas are the top 5 highest earning states for Mental Health Counselors. West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Illinois are at the bottom for competitive pay.

Map of Mental Health Counselor Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Mental Health Counselors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary:

Average Mental Health Counselor Salary By Company

Mental Health Counselors report their job security as good. Just as in every field, some employers pay higher wages than others. The most abundant employment opportunities for Mental Health Counselors are in Health Care companies and Non Profits companies. Companies like Vantage Health Plan or Canton-Potsdam Hospital will get you the highest pay packages. If you can find a job at a company like Acacia Communications or Heywood Hospital, they also offer very competitive salaries to their Mental Health Counselors.

Mental Health Counselor Salary History

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

National Average
Ashburn, VA

Recently Added Mental Health Counselor Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
04/27/2020
04/27/2020
$62,400
$62,400
Cdoc Unlicensed Mental Health Counselor (Crowley County)
Cdoc Unlicensed Mental Health Counselor (Crowley County)
04/24/2020
04/24/2020
$30,000
$30,000
Mental Health Counselor II
Mental Health Counselor II
04/24/2020
04/24/2020
$28,780
$28,780
Merakey
Merakey
Mental Health Counselor (Plpc/Lmsw)
Mental Health Counselor (Plpc/Lmsw)
04/07/2020
04/07/2020
$47,000
$47,000
Mental Health Counselor I/II (Open & Promotional)
Mental Health Counselor I/II (Open & Promotional)
03/27/2020
03/27/2020
$61,339
$61,339
University of Utah
University of Utah
College of Engineering Embedded Mental Health Counselor
College of Engineering Embedded Mental Health Counselor
03/26/2020
03/26/2020
$58,000
$58,000
Merakey
Merakey
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
03/23/2020
03/23/2020
$60,000
$60,000
Mental Health Counselor-Group Living Environment
Mental Health Counselor-Group Living Environment
03/22/2020
03/22/2020
$33,642
$33,642
Cdoc Unlicensed Mental Health Counselor (Canon City and Sterling)
Cdoc Unlicensed Mental Health Counselor (Canon City and Sterling)
03/20/2020
03/20/2020
$30,000
$30,000
Mental Health Counselor I/SAS & YAT
Mental Health Counselor I/SAS & YAT
03/19/2020
03/19/2020
$33,494
$33,494