Counselor Salary

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How much does a counselor make? Counselors earn an average to good salary, depending on the area of counseling they specialize in. Counselors work in a variety of settings providing support and counseling to a wide range of clientele. Specialty areas of counseling include educational, vocational, and school counselors, elementary and high school counselors, vocational counselors, rehabilitation counselors, mental health counselors, substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors and marriage and family counselors.

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A master's degree is required to become a licensed counselor, while education and training requirements for counselors in other specialties vary by state and specialty. Counselors who are self-employed counselors with well-established practices, and counselors employed in group practices typically have the highest earnings.

Employment for counselors is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth will vary by counseling specialty, but job opportunities should be favorable because there will be more job openings, exceeding the number of graduates from counseling programs, particularly in rural areas. Counseling employment is expected to increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, varying by specialty, a faster than the average increase for all occupations.

How much does a counselor make per hour?

Counseling psychologists earned a median hourly wage of $34.77, according to a May 2009 Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Hourly rates vary by counseling specialty.

How much does a counselor make per year?

The median yearly salary for social and human service assistants according to a May 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $27,280.

The median yearly salary for vocational, educational, and school counselors in the May 2008 report was $51,050.

Elementary and secondary schools $57,800

Junior colleges $50,440

Colleges, universities, and professional schools $43,980

Vocational rehabilitation services $35,220

Individual and family services $33,780

The median yearly salary for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors according to a May 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $37,030.

General medical and surgical hospitals $44,130

Local government $41,660

Outpatient care centers $36,650

Individual and family services $35,210

Residential mental retardation, mental health

and substance facilities $31,300

The median yearly salary for mental health counselors according to a May 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $36,810.

Local government $45,510

Offices of other health practitioners $40,880

Outpatient care centers $37,590

Individual and family services $36,130

Residential mental retardation, mental health

and substance abuse facilities $29,950

The median yearly salary for rehabilitation counselors according to a May 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $30,930.

State government $45,350

Local government $38,800

Vocational rehabilitation services $29,060

Individual and family services $28,290

Residential mental retardation, mental health

and substance facilities $25,950

The median yearly salary for marriage and family therapist counselors according to a May 2008 Bureau of Labor Statistics report was $44,590.

State government $50,770

Local government $48,220

Outpatient care centers $46,830

Offices of other health practitioners $41,220

Individual and family services $39,690

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