dcsimg

Masters in Counseling Career Salaries

Master of Counseling Career Salaries

Professional counselors work in schools, social service agencies, mental health programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and in private practice. Salaries range across the board, from the modest pay scales for many social work positions to the lucrative careers that private marriage and family therapy practitioners have built. Private practice is not always the road to a healthy income but under the right circumstances there is more room for growth in private practice than there is working in a salaried position. Counselors holding a master's degree, however, are more likely to be eligible for management positions, for administrative roles, and for the senior jobs that get involved in policy development in the public sector. Our list of counseling career salaries is only a brief look at salary ranges as provide by either the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or Payscale.com, both of which provide national averages that can vary significantly based on job location and seniority.

1. School Counselor: According to the U.S. Department of Labor the annual mean wage for this position is $55,030. The mean wage for the State of Louisiana is $50,430. In New York the mean annual salary for this position is $61,020. In Missouri it is $46,750. This salary is going to vary also based on the degree: a MEd is likely to have higher earnings than a Master of Counseling graduate who has specialized in school counseling.

2. Marriage and Family Therapist: The figures from the Department of Labor show the annual mean wage for MFT practitioners to be $46,920. The mean annual salary in the State of New Jersey is $60,920. In the State of Georgia the mean annual wage is $63,510. And in Maryland the mean wage is $45,870.

3. Mental Health Counselor: This job description can mean any one of a number of positions and in the Department of Labor data it is impossible to differentiate between counselors working in minor positions with an undergraduate degree. The mean salary for this position on a national basis is $41,710. In the State of California the mean annual salary is $51,910. In Oregon it is $49,490 and in Massachusetts the mean annual salary is $42,890.

4. Substance Abuse Counselors: This is another position for which there are gradations of education and licensing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the mean annual wage for this position is $40,420. In the State of Hawaii the mean annual salary is $56,320. In New Jersey the annual salary averages $54,970 and in Wisconsin the mean wage is $45,840.

5. Rehabilitation Counselor: This data is drawn from Payscale.com, which cites the national salary range for this position as being $33,774 - $56,855. There is no regional information, but the pay scale for those who are employed in the healthcare industry is $35,975 - $53,707. In the social services are which includes vocational rehabilitation and educational career counseling the pay range is $34,357 - $51,523.

Schools
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Showing schools in your area

            Matching School Ads
            M.S. in Christian Counseling
            • Which career path will you take – Business, Nursing, Education, Psychology? Something else? GCU offers more than 100 majors to get you started!
            • Colangelo College of Business: Features more than 25 programs from the bachelor through the master's level, including several high-demand MBA programs and an accelerated accounting degree.
            • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions: Rich 25-year history providing outstanding health care and nursing degree programs, including an RN to BSN program & master's in nursing degrees.
            • College of Education: Whether you are looking to start or advance your career as a teacher or administrator, GCU offers bachelor’s and master’s in education degrees in key areas.
            • College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Provides a job focused education and features a variety of programs from counseling and psychology to justice studies, history and English literature.
            • Does something else interest you? GCU also offers programs in Doctoral Studies; Theology; Science, Engineering & Technology; and Fine Arts & Production. Speak with an enrollment counselor today!
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Career Counseling
            • Walden’s online MS in Forensic Psychology can help you apply new skills and perspectives to areas like cybercrime, criminal investigative analysis and profiling, terrorism, and victim advocacy.
            • Develop a strong understanding of criminal behaviors while gaining the expertise needed to make a difference within the criminal justice system.
            • Focus on your interests—choose from one of 10 specializations to help you develop subject matter expertise and tailor your degree to your personal interests and professional experience.
            • Enjoy engaging, multimedia coursework; interactive case studies; podcasts; expert interviews; and our unique interactive learning community.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            MA in Professional Counseling - 60 Hour
            • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
            • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
            • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
            • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
            • 95% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year.
            • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year.
            • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities. 
            • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy
            • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
            • As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            M.S. in Psychology (online)

            Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate school of psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.  The University is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family.  The University offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

            • Online Courses
            • Take your interest in master courses further and make a game changing career move
            • GradSchools will help match you to the right program that aligns with your education goals and busy schedule
            • Explore Master, Doctoral and PhD Degrees in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work and MORE
            • Ready for your next step? Let GradSchools match you with programs for FREE!
            • Online Courses