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Mental Health Counselors help patients deal with mental and emotional stress that can be caused by health problems, substance abuse, family issues, etc. Nationwide there are over 110,000 Mental Health Counselors who earn an average salary of $41,360.

Master’s degrees are typically required to become any kind of licensed or certified counselor. Licensing practices vary greatly by state and work setting but most require a master’s degree and some form of counselor licensure.

Master’s degrees are typically required to become any kind of licensed or certified counselor.

Explore Mental Health Counselor programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $37,510

Alaska: $55,540

Arizona: $42,760

Arkansas: $50,260

California: $47,070

Colorado: $40,650

Connecticut: $40,990

Delaware: $38,050

District of Columbia: $44,680

Florida: $40,650

Georgia: $39,760

Hawaii: $39,380

Idaho: $52,290

Illinois: $40,350

Indiana: $42,240

Iowa: $36,270

Kansas: $41,160

Kentucky: $35,620

Louisiana: $32,670

Maine: $48,520

Maryland: $39,270

Massachusetts; $43,700

Michigan: $46,900

Minnesota: $42,680

Mississippi: $40,030

Missouri: $36,490

Montana: $29,310

Nebraska: $43,350

Nevada: $52,890

New Hampshire: $38,000

New Jersey: $45,860

New Mexico: $45,850

New York: $36,890

North Carolina: $40,630

North Dakota: $48,440

Ohio: $44,970

Oklahoma: $42,640

Oregon: $47,860

Pennsylvania: $37,920

Rhode Island: $36,650

South Carolina: $40,890

South Dakota: $42,450

Tennessee: $32,670

Texas: $37,930

Utah: $46,220

Vermont: $40,450

Virginia: $45,210

Washington: $44,230

West Virginia: $30,500

Wisconsin: $44,360

Wyoming: $44,490

Salaries for the top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $38,970

2. Los Angeles: $47,600

3. Chicago: $41,510

4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $38,280

5. Philadelphia: $36,310

6. Houston: $39,830

7. Washington DC: $53,360

8. Miami: $43,790

9. Atlanta: $39,330

10. Boston: $41,710

11. San Francisco: $48,980

12. Detroit: $41,270

13. Riverside: $39,680

14. Phoenix: $43,600

15. Seattle: $44,150

16. Minneapolis: $44,690

17. San Diego: $46,390

18. St. Louis: $47,370

19. Tampa: $36,430

20. Baltimore: $38,380

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  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.

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