Mental Health Counseling Salaries

How much do mental health counselors make? In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the average salary of mental health counselors in the U.S. was $46,050. This places the occupation in the middle of the range for counseling incomes, as shown in the table below. However, it's important to remember that individual salaries can differ significantly based on factors such as industry, experience, and location. To illustrate this, the lowest paid 10% of mental health counselors in 2016 earned less than $26,950 and the highest paid 10% earned more than $70,100.


Counseling Occupations Oregon Annual Mean Salary U.S. Annual Mean Salary Difference
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors $57,380 $57,620 -$240
Marriage and Family Therapists $45,830 $54,090 -$8,260
Mental Health Counselors $55,670 $46,050 $9,620
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors $46,230 $44,150 $2,080
Rehabilitation Counselors $41,050 $38,740 $2,310
Counselors, All Other $48,830 $47,640 $1,190

Source: May 2016 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics


U.S. Mean Annual Wage for Mental Health Counselors (USD)




Source: Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Bureau of Labor Statistics