The salary statistics of mental health counselors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of mental health counselors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The mental health counselors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$26,950|
|25th Percentile Wage||$33,560|
|50th Percentile Wage||$42,840|
|75th Percentile Wage||$55,440|
|90th Percentile Wage||$70,100|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mental health counselors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mental health counselors is $70,100. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,840. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,950. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 160% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mental health counselors from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of mental health counselors in 8 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for mental health counselors occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $64,180. The lowest paying sector is the management of companies and enterprises sector (annual salary $39,980).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
From the above tables we note that not only mental health counselors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of mental health counselors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $24,090 to $63,900. The highest paying state for mental health counselors is Alaska with a median annual salary of $63,900. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $24,090. For more salary information of mental health counselors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|North Dakota|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New York|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |