How much does a Counselor make?

Updated Sep 22, 2023

Experience

Industry

Total Pay Range
$39K - $68K/yr
Base Pay
$37K - $63K/yr
Additional Pay
$3K - $5K/yr

$52K

/yr
$39K$68K
Most Likely Range

The estimated total pay for a Counselor is $51,525 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $48,158 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $3,368 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.

How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $39K-$68K/yr?

Total Pay Trajectory

For Counselor

$51,525 /yr
Counselor
$50,188 /yr
Senior Counselor
$44,361 /yr
Team Lead Counselor
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What is the total pay trajectory for Counselor?

Job TitleSalary
Counselor$51,525 /yr
Senior Counselor$50,188 /yr
Team Lead Counselor$44,361 /yr

Top Paying Companies

For a Counselor in United States

Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for a Counselor in United States. Employers include SelfEmployed.com, PA Treatment and Healing and Fisher Investments.

1
SelfEmployed.com
$93,082/yr
2
PA Treatment and Healing
$89,214/yr
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Top Paying Companies

For Counselor in United States

1SelfEmployed.com$93,082
2PA Treatment and Healing$89,214
3Fisher Investments$86,400
4GreenPath Financial Wellness$72,367
5Kintock Group$72,209
6Navicore Solutions$69,980
7US Department of Veterans Affairs$66,227
8Successful Living$63,677
9Maryland Department of Health$61,375
10US Navy$60,812
Total Pay Trajectory

For Counselor

$51,525 /yr
Counselor
$50,188 /yr
Senior Counselor
$44,361 /yr
Team Lead Counselor
See Full Career Path

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What is the total pay trajectory for Counselor?

Job TitleSalary
Counselor$51,525 /yr
Senior Counselor$50,188 /yr
Team Lead Counselor$44,361 /yr

What are total pay estimates for a Counselor at different companies?

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YMCA
3.9
CounselorSee 211 salaries from all locations

$18

 / hr
Behavioral Health Group
2.8
CounselorSee 112 salaries from all locations

$20

 / hr
Center For Discovery
2.8
CounselorSee 107 salaries from all locations

$23

 / hr
Pinnacle Treatment Centers
3.2
CounselorSee 99 salaries from all locations

$42,019

 / yr
BetterHelp
4
CounselorSee 65 salaries from all locations

$26

 / hr
New Season
3
CounselorSee 55 salaries from all locations

$20

 / hr
Progress Foundation
3.4
CounselorSee 51 salaries from all locations

$22

 / hr

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Pyramid Healthcare
2.6
CounselorSee 44 salaries from all locations

$41,617

 / yr
Operation Par
3.4
CounselorSee 39 salaries from all locations

$20

 / hr
Spectrum Health Systems
2.9
CounselorSee 37 salaries from all locations

$47,341

 / yr
Acadia Healthcare
3.2
CounselorSee 37 salaries from all locations

$21

 / hr
SelfEmployed.com
4.4
CounselorSee 36 salaries from all locations

$93,082

 / yr
Brooklyn Chinese-American Association
2.4
CounselorSee 36 salaries from all locations

$22

 / hr
Youth Villages
3.7
CounselorSee 32 salaries from all locations

$40,136

 / yr
Camp Bow Wow
3.4
CounselorSee 32 salaries from all locations

$17

 / hr
Pine Cove
4.7
CounselorSee 31 salaries from all locations

$2,962

 / mo
BayMark Health Services
3.7
CounselorSee 30 salaries from all locations

$46,510

 / yr
Steve & Kate's Camp
3.9
CounselorSee 29 salaries from all locations

$21

 / hr
Gateway Foundation
3.3
CounselorSee 28 salaries from all locations

$20

 / hr
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
3.8
CounselorSee 28 salaries from all locations

$20

 / hr
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Counselor Salaries

Job TitleSalary
YMCA Counselor salaries - 211 salaries reported$18/hr
Behavioral Health Group Counselor salaries - 112 salaries reported$20/hr
Center For Discovery Counselor salaries - 107 salaries reported$23/hr
Pinnacle Treatment Centers Counselor salaries - 99 salaries reported$42,019/yr
BetterHelp Counselor salaries - 65 salaries reported$26/hr
New Season Counselor salaries - 55 salaries reported$20/hr
Progress Foundation Counselor salaries - 51 salaries reported$22/hr
Pyramid Healthcare Counselor salaries - 44 salaries reported$41,617/yr
Operation Par Counselor salaries - 39 salaries reported$20/hr
Spectrum Health Systems Counselor salaries - 37 salaries reported$47,341/yr
Acadia Healthcare Counselor salaries - 37 salaries reported$21/hr
SelfEmployed.com Counselor salaries - 36 salaries reported$93,082/yr
Brooklyn Chinese-American Association Counselor salaries - 36 salaries reported$22/hr
Youth Villages Counselor salaries - 32 salaries reported$40,136/yr
Camp Bow Wow Counselor salaries - 32 salaries reported$17/hr
Pine Cove Counselor salaries - 31 salaries reported$2,962/mo
BayMark Health Services Counselor salaries - 30 salaries reported$46,510/yr
Steve & Kate's Camp Counselor salaries - 29 salaries reported$21/hr
Gateway Foundation Counselor salaries - 28 salaries reported$20/hr
Boys & Girls Clubs of America Counselor salaries - 28 salaries reported$20/hr
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Top Paying Industries

For a Counselor in United States

The top 5 paying industries for a Counselor in United States are Financial Services with a median total pay of $72,288, Construction, Repair & Maintenance Services with a median total pay of $52,043, Government & Public Administration with a median total pay of $51,331, Insurance with a median total pay of $49,984, and Education with a median total pay of $48,760.

IndustryTotal PayTotal Pay Insight
  • Financial ServicesFinancial Services$72,288

    38% Higher than other industries

  • Construction, Repair & Maintenance ServicesConstruction, Repair & Maintenance Services$52,043

    14% Higher than other industries

  • Government & Public AdministrationGovernment & Public Administration$51,331

    13% Higher than other industries

  • InsuranceInsurance$49,984

    11% Higher than other industries

  • EducationEducation$48,760

    9% Higher than other industries

Financial Services

Top paying companies in Financial Services for Counselor are PA Treatment and Healing, Fisher Investments, and GreenPath Financial Wellness.

PA Treatment and HealingPA Treatment and Healing$89,214/yr

Glassdoor Economist Pay Overview

What is the pay outlook for Healthcare?

Healthcare jobs, already in high demand, are expected to grow extensively to meet the increased need from an aging population. Careers in this industry are diverse, though most require additional training and pay above-average wages. Despite fewer opportunities for remote work than other professions, healthcare jobs can be found nearly everywhere, including both rural and urban settings. While careers in healthcare offer high job security, they also often involve long hours, including evening and weekend shift work, particularly for those just starting their career.

Recent Salaries Shared

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Location

Total Pay

Base Pay | Additional Pay

Total Years of Experience

Years at Recent Employer

Submitted

Date or Time

Counselor

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$33,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Youth Behavior Counselor

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$50,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Counselor

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$17

/hr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Genetic Counselor

United States of America

 | 7-9 years

$100,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

7-9 years
Yesterday
Re-entry Counselor

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$53,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday
Counselor

United States of America

 | 4-6 years

$70,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

4-6 years
Yesterday
Counselor

United States of America

 | 10-14 years

$55,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

10-14 years
Yesterday
Elementary Counselor

United States of America

 | 1-3 years

$69,000

/yr

Submitted Yesterday

1-3 years
Yesterday

Counselor pay FAQ

The average salary for a Counselor is $51,525 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 11335 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by a Counselor employees in United States.

The highest salary for a Counselor in United States is $67,572 per year.

The lowest salary for a Counselor in United States is $39,422 per year.

If you are thinking of becoming a Counselor or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of a Counselor.

Pay for counselors is generally slightly below the pay for psychologists and slightly above the pay of licensed social workers. Counselors differ from psychologists in that they focus on the prevention of mental health challenges, and their work is less grounded in research. They may work for schools, elderly care facilities and youth organizations. A minimum of a master’s degree from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is required to enter the field. Counselors with significant experience typically earn higher pay.

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Counselor salaries can vary, but 61% report that they are happy with their salary. Multiple advanced degrees, additional pay of $3,367.50, and eight years of field experience can boost your salary as a counselor and help qualify it as good.

Counselors make between $30,989.89 and $86,033.45 and can expect to make an average of $51,525.48 after two to four years in the field, according to the typical career path of a counselor. However, salaries can vary depending on education, experience, and location. After eight years as a counselor, you can take the next step and become a director of counseling to increase your earning potential.

Do you want to earn more as a counselor? You could consider getting a graduate degree in counseling or a similar field, since people with this qualification typically earn more. Ensure that you keep up with news and developments in the field and attend any professional development courses that are available. In terms of skills, try brushing up on a second language so you can serve more communities or take a first aid course. If you're just starting out, try to do multiple different internships or volunteer projects in different areas of counseling, so you're a great candidate for high-paying jobs.

Whether you want to make more money at your current job or you've just landed a new offer, it's important to know how to negotiate the most fair salary. Take a look at some counselor jobs or the career path and work out what others with your level of experience and education are making. Then, when negotiating, make sure your salary is at least in line with that figure. You might also want to list any extra skills that make you a great counselor, such as languages or professional training, and factor them into your negotiating. If unsure, try asking for a 5 to 10% increase on the posted salary.

About 61.07% of Counselor professionals feel satisfied with their salary, according to anonymous Glassdoor ratings. An additional $3,368 in potential pay per year, among other factors, can qualify the annual pay of a Counselor in United States as a good salary.

Counselor professionals in United States have a wide total pay range, between $30,990 and $86,033 depending on experience, with an estimated total pay of $51,525 following the average career path of a Counselor.

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