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What is the average salary for Mental Health Counselors in the United States?

Mental Health Counselors earn an average hourly wage of $21.15. Hourly wages typically start from $12.52 and go up to $32.18. Mental Health Counselors earn an average salary of $43,990 per year. Salaries typically start from $26,030 and go up to $66,930.

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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Highest

The top 10% of Mental Health Counselors in the United States earn:

$32.18 an hour $66,930 per year
Senior

The top 25% of Mental Health Counselors in the United States earn:

$25.37 an hour $52,760 per year
Experienced

The top 50% of Mental Health Counselors in the United States earn:

$19.64 an hour $40,850 per year
Junior

The bottom 25% of Mental Health Counselors in the United States earn:

$15.54 an hour $32,320 per year
Starting

The bottom 10% of Mental Health Counselors in the United States earn:

$12.52 an hour $26,030 per year

Historical salary for Mental Health Counselors in the United States

Mental Health Counselor salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Alaska $28.27 $58,800 # 1
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Oregon $25.64 $53,330 # 2
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Wyoming $25.40 $52,840 # 3
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Hawaii $24.34 $50,630 # 4
Mental Health Counselor Salary in New Jersey $23.88 $49,670 # 5
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Arkansas $23.41 $48,700 # 6
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Utah $23.38 $48,620 # 7
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Nevada $23.37 $48,610 # 8
Mental Health Counselor Salary in New Hampshire $23.31 $48,490 # 9
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Maine $23.17 $48,200 # 10
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Nebraska $22.61 $47,030 # 11
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Colorado $22.39 $46,560 # 12
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Minnesota $22.38 $46,550 # 13
Mental Health Counselor Salary in California $22.25 $46,290 # 14
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Oklahoma $22.24 $46,250 # 15
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Wisconsin $22.20 $46,170 # 16
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Ohio $22.19 $46,160 # 17
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Idaho $22.13 $46,020 # 18
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Virginia $22.12 $46,000 # 19
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Michigan $22.01 $45,770 # 20
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Texas $21.84 $45,430 # 21
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Illinois $21.77 $45,270 # 22
Mental Health Counselor Salary in North Carolina $21.66 $45,050 # 23
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Connecticut $21.66 $45,050 # 24
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Arizona $21.63 $44,990 # 25
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Alabama $21.56 $44,850 # 26
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Washington $21.38 $44,460 # 27
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Georgia $21.06 $43,800 # 28
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Mississippi $20.91 $43,490 # 29
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Iowa $20.91 $43,490 # 30
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Florida $20.85 $43,370 # 31
Mental Health Counselor Salary in South Dakota $20.82 $43,300 # 32
Mental Health Counselor Salary in South Carolina $20.81 $43,290 # 33
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Indiana $20.75 $43,160 # 34
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Pennsylvania $20.75 $43,150 # 35
Mental Health Counselor Salary in District of Columbia $20.61 $42,870 # 36
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Maryland $20.28 $42,180 # 37
Mental Health Counselor Salary in New York $20.05 $41,700 # 38
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Vermont $20.02 $41,650 # 39
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Massachusetts $19.53 $40,620 # 40
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Delaware $19.46 $40,470 # 41
Mental Health Counselor Salary in North Dakota $19.44 $40,430 # 42
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Kansas $18.97 $39,450 # 43
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Kentucky $18.04 $37,520 # 44
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Missouri $18.03 $37,500 # 45
Mental Health Counselor Salary in New Mexico $17.91 $37,250 # 46
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Rhode Island $16.85 $35,040 # 47
Mental Health Counselor Salary in West Virginia $15.71 $32,670 # 48
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Louisiana $15.61 $32,480 # 49
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Tennessee $15.48 $32,190 # 50
Mental Health Counselor Salary in Montana $15.07 $31,350 # 51
Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics