Salary Guide: Mental Health Counselors

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Mental Health Counselors help patients deal with mental and emotional stress that can be caused by health problems, substance abuse, family issues, etc. Nationwide there are over 110,000 Mental Health Counselors who earn an average salary of $41,360.

Master’s degrees are typically required to become any kind of licensed or certified counselor. Licensing practices vary greatly by state and work setting but most require a master’s degree and some form of counselor licensure.

Master’s degrees are typically required to become any kind of licensed or certified counselor.

Explore Mental Health Counselor programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $37,510
Alaska: $55,540
Arizona: $42,760
Arkansas: $50,260
California: $47,070
Colorado: $40,650
Connecticut: $40,990
Delaware: $38,050
District of Columbia: $44,680
Florida: $40,650
Georgia: $39,760
Hawaii: $39,380
Idaho: $52,290
Illinois: $40,350
Indiana: $42,240
Iowa: $36,270
Kansas: $41,160
Kentucky: $35,620
Louisiana: $32,670
Maine: $48,520
Maryland: $39,270
Massachusetts; $43,700
Michigan: $46,900
Minnesota: $42,680
Mississippi: $40,030
Missouri: $36,490
Montana: $29,310
Nebraska: $43,350
Nevada: $52,890
New Hampshire: $38,000
New Jersey: $45,860
New Mexico: $45,850
New York: $36,890
North Carolina: $40,630
North Dakota: $48,440
Ohio: $44,970
Oklahoma: $42,640
Oregon: $47,860
Pennsylvania: $37,920
Rhode Island: $36,650
South Carolina: $40,890
South Dakota: $42,450
Tennessee: $32,670
Texas: $37,930
Utah: $46,220
Vermont: $40,450
Virginia: $45,210
Washington: $44,230
West Virginia: $30,500
Wisconsin: $44,360
Wyoming: $44,490

Salaries for the top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $38,970
2. Los Angeles: $47,600
3. Chicago: $41,510
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $38,280
5. Philadelphia: $36,310
6. Houston: $39,830
7. Washington DC: $53,360
8. Miami: $43,790
9. Atlanta: $39,330
10. Boston: $41,710
11. San Francisco: $48,980
12. Detroit: $41,270
13. Riverside: $39,680
14. Phoenix: $43,600
15. Seattle: $44,150
16. Minneapolis: $44,690
17. San Diego: $46,390
18. St. Louis: $47,370
19. Tampa: $36,430
20. Baltimore: $38,380

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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