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Mental Health Counselors Salary Information

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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Mental Health Counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage 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. Take 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mental health counselors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201642,8402.24%6.44%
201541,8802.46%-
201440,8500.66%-
201340,5801.23%-
201240,080--

Table 2. Mental Health Counselors Salary by Industry Sector

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
$64,180
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,090
Federal, State, and Local Government
$50,840
Educational Services
$47,070
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$43,730
Health Care and Social Assistance
$41,890
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,110
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$39,980

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Mental Health Counselors by States

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
Alaska
$63,900
Wyoming
$55,900
Utah
$55,150
North Dakota
$52,790
Arkansas
$51,690
Maine
$50,720
Oregon
$50,340
New Jersey
$50,210
Connecticut
$48,410
Oklahoma
$48,230
Idaho
$48,010
Arizona
$46,800
Minnesota
$46,580
North Carolina
$46,530
Michigan
$46,390
Colorado
$46,370
Nevada
$46,190
Nebraska
$45,620
Virginia
$45,260
New Hampshire
$44,760
Washington
$44,400
Ohio
$44,130
Wisconsin
$43,980
District of Columbia
$43,090
Florida
$42,930
South Dakota
$42,440
Mississippi
$42,270
Georgia
$41,610
Texas
$41,560
Pennsylvania
$41,160
Kansas
$40,970
Alabama
$40,890
California
$40,710
Hawaii
$40,590
Indiana
$40,420
Maryland
$40,230
Delaware
$40,040
Massachusetts
$39,880
Kentucky
$39,790
Iowa
$39,350
Missouri
$39,200
Illinois
$38,500
South Carolina
$38,410
New York
$38,030
Vermont
$37,660
New Mexico
$37,400
Montana
$37,080
Louisiana
$35,380
West Virginia
$32,390
Tennessee
$31,360
Rhode Island
$29,660
Puerto Rico
$24,090


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