Information About Mental Health Counselors

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Training

Mental health counselors need master's degree.

Degrees for Mental health counselors
Training for Mental Health Counselors
Percent
Less than High School 1.3
High School 7.3
Some College 10.5
Associates Degree 5.6
Bachelors Degree 25.0
Masters Degree 45.9
Doctorate or Professional Degree 4.4

Employment

Represents about 113,000 people in the United States- 6.1% of which are self-employed

Employment prospects are up Over the next 5 years there will be aproximately 27,000 more mental health counselors but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 50,000 more.


Hourly Income

On average, mental health counselors make $20.48 per hour.

Hourly Income Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mental health counselors $11.90 $14.80 $18.80 $24.40 $31.50
Community and social services occupations $11.10 $14.40 $19.10 $26.20 $34.10
National Average $8.65 $10.70 $16.50 $26.60 $41.00

Annual Salaries

On average, mental health counselors make $42,590 per year.

Annual Salary Distribution in U.S. Dollars ($)
Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Mental health counselors $24,840 $30,950 $39,190 $50,870 $65,660
Community and social services occupations $23,160 $29,990 $39,880 $54,650 $71,070
National Average $18,000 $22,380 $34,460 $55,470 $85,280

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

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