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Mental health counselors earned a median salary of $40,080 in 2012, or $19.27 per hour, according to the BLS. The best-paid earned about $66,630, while the lowest-paid earned less than $25,430. Top-paying areas of the industry include insurance carriers and state government services. If you’re looking for a position in a geographic area that compensates well, consider the metropolitan areas of Mankato, Minn., Bakersfield, Calif., and Anchorage, Alaska.

Job Salary Year
2004 $34,690.00
2006 $36,550.00
2008 $39,020.00
2010 $40,040.00
2012 $43,290.00

Average Mental Health Counselor Pay vs. All Health Care Jobs

With an average salary of $43,290 per year, mental health counselors are at the lower end of the pay scale compared with other health care jobs. A pharmacist, for example, takes home an average salary of $114,950, while a radiologic technologist makes $56,450. However, mental health counselors make comparable pay to substance abuse and behavior disorder counselors, who earn $40,920.

Job Name Salary
Physician $187,199.00
Physical Therapist Assistant $52,160.00
Clinical Social Worker $49,830.00
Mental Health Counselor $40,080.00
Mental Health Counselor $40,080.00
Substance Abuse Counselor $38,520.00

Best Paying Cities for Mental Health Counselors

The highest paid in the mental health counselor profession work in the metropolitan areas of Mankato, Minnesota, Bakersfield, California, and Anchorage, Alaska. The Detroit area also pays well, as does the city of Racine, Wisconsin.

Mankato, Minnesota

Average Salary: $67,140 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mental health counselor working in Mankato, Minnesota is $67,140, which is $27,060 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bakersfield, California

Average Salary: $66,720 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mental health counselor working in Bakersfield, California is $66,720, which is $26,640 more than the average pay in the profession.

Anchorage, Alaska

Average Salary: $62,580 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mental health counselor working in Anchorage, Alaska is $62,580, which is $22,500 more than the average pay in the profession.

Detroit

Average Salary: $62,440 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mental health counselor working in Detroit is $62,440, which is $22,360 more than the average pay in the profession.

Racine, Wisconsin

Average Salary: $60,820 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mental health counselor working in Racine, Wisconsin is $60,820, which is $20,740 more than the average pay in the profession.

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