Training Requirements for Mental Health Counselors

Mental health counselors need a master's degree and internship/residency.

Degrees for Mental health counselors
Percent
Less than High School 1.0
High School 5.1
Some College 9.1
Associates Degree 5.2
Bachelors Degree 25.5
Masters Degree 48.7
Doctorate or Professional Degree 5.4

Employment Outlook for Mental Health Counselors

This represents about 134,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 26,000 more mental health counselors but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 54,000 more.

Typical Income for Mental Health Counselors

Hourly Income

On average,mental health counselors make $22.14 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mental health counselors $12.96 $16.13 $20.59 $26.66 $33.70
Community and social service occupations $12.10 $15.59 $20.67 $28.02 $36.65
Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists $12.18 $15.63 $20.68 $28.02 $36.61
Counselors $12.75 $16.53 $22.10 $29.35 $37.92
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, mental health counselors make $46,050 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mental health counselors $26,950 $33,560 $42,840 $55,440 $70,100
Community and social service occupations $25,170 $32,420 $42,990 $58,280 $76,220
Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists $25,340 $32,520 $43,020 $58,290 $76,150
Counselors $26,530 $34,390 $45,970 $61,040 $78,870
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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