Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

21-1014 Mental Health Counselors

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging. Excludes "Social Workers" (21-1021 through 21-1029), "Psychiatrists" (29-1066), and "Psychologists" (19-3031 through 19-3039).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
110,300 1.6 % $19.88 $41,360 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.63 $14.43 $18.34 $23.94 $30.59
Annual Wage (2) $24,180 $30,010 $38,150 $49,800 $63,630


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 21,410 1.76 $19.36 $40,260
Outpatient Care Centers 20,980 3.54 $19.85 $41,300
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 20,000 3.54 $15.90 $33,060
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,050 0.18 $23.79 $49,480
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 7,140 1.07 $22.42 $46,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 20,000 3.54 $15.90 $33,060
Outpatient Care Centers 20,980 3.54 $19.85 $41,300
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 6,720 2.78 $19.93 $41,460
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,970 1.83 $17.78 $36,980
Individual and Family Services 21,410 1.76 $19.36 $40,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $30.41 $63,260
State Government (OES Designation) 2,460 0.11 $25.38 $52,800
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $23.84 $49,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 10,050 0.18 $23.79 $49,480
Facilities Support Services 100 0.07 $23.64 $49,180


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 15,740 2.87 3.31 $18.23 $37,920
California 8,450 0.60 0.70 $22.63 $47,070
New York 6,480 0.78 0.89 $17.73 $36,890
Illinois 5,850 1.06 1.22 $19.40 $40,350
Virginia 5,640 1.60 1.84 $21.73 $45,210




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pennsylvania 15,740 2.87 3.31 $18.23 $37,920
Massachusetts 5,140 1.65 1.90 $21.01 $43,700
Virginia 5,640 1.60 1.84 $21.73 $45,210
Colorado 3,190 1.48 1.71 $19.55 $40,650
Alaska 420 1.38 1.59 $26.70 $55,540




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 420 1.38 1.59 $26.70 $55,540
Nevada 490 0.44 0.51 $25.43 $52,890
Idaho 500 0.85 0.98 $25.14 $52,290
Arkansas 540 0.48 0.55 $24.16 $50,260
Maine 460 0.79 0.91 $23.33 $48,520

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,760 3.74 4.31 $17.46 $36,310
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,460 0.90 1.03 $18.74 $38,970
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 4,250 1.20 1.38 $19.96 $41,510
Pittsburgh, PA 2,800 2.56 2.95 $18.90 $39,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,920 0.50 0.58 $22.88 $47,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,820 0.80 0.92 $25.66 $53,360
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,770 1.07 1.23 $21.12 $43,920
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,680 1.25 1.44 $21.23 $44,150
Denver-Aurora, CO 1,530 1.29 1.49 $20.58 $42,800
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,430 0.85 0.98 $21.48 $44,690




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Johnstown, PA 350 6.28 7.23 $16.81 $34,960
Alexandria, LA 350 5.69 6.56 $14.59 $30,340
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 210 4.77 5.50 $17.46 $36,310
Waterbury, CT 270 4.21 4.86 $17.23 $35,830
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 990 4.00 4.61 $15.96 $33,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 6,760 3.74 4.31 $17.46 $36,310
Altoona, PA 210 3.71 4.28 $14.06 $29,250
Lynchburg, VA 310 3.16 3.64 $17.27 $35,920
Worcester, MA-CT 660 2.81 3.23 $23.26 $48,380
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 340 2.75 3.17 $14.45 $30,060




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Waco, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.42 $67,440
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC 30 0.15 0.18 $31.19 $64,870
Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC 40 0.36 0.42 $30.42 $63,280
Anchorage, AK 200 1.21 1.40 $28.66 $59,620
Idaho Falls, ID (8) (8) (8) $28.64 $59,560
Pittsfield, MA 40 1.28 1.48 $28.17 $58,590
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.87 1.00 $27.90 $58,030
Salem, OR 70 0.50 0.58 $27.80 $57,820
Reno-Sparks, NV 100 0.54 0.62 $27.55 $57,300
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.37 0.43 $26.57 $55,270

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 580 3.62 4.17 $17.88 $37,180
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 510 2.20 2.54 $19.11 $39,750
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 480 3.09 3.56 $18.65 $38,800
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 440 1.52 1.75 $19.00 $39,520
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 370 2.11 2.43 $18.55 $38,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 160 4.75 5.47 $17.93 $37,290
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 100 3.65 4.21 $23.68 $49,260
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 580 3.62 4.17 $17.88 $37,180
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 480 3.09 3.56 $18.65 $38,800
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 350 3.04 3.51 $20.35 $42,320

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Middle Georgia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.40 0.46 $32.18 $66,930
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 110 0.30 0.35 $26.69 $55,520
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.51 $55,130
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.65 0.75 $26.50 $55,110
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 180 0.67 0.78 $26.31 $54,730


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011