Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
115,080 1.6 % $20.81 $43,290 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.23 $15.25 $19.27 $24.88 $32.03
Annual Wage (2) $25,430 $31,720 $40,080 $51,750 $66,630


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)
Outpatient Care Centers 23,430 3.66 $20.86 $43,390
Individual and Family Services 21,860 1.67 $20.51 $42,660
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 19,170 3.33 $16.68 $34,690
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,900 0.16 $24.18 $50,300
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 8,090 1.12 $23.67 $49,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 23,430 3.66 $20.86 $43,390
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 19,170 3.33 $16.68 $34,690
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 7,040 3.02 $20.78 $43,230
Other Residential Care Facilities 2,930 1.86 $17.64 $36,700
Individual and Family Services 21,860 1.67 $20.51 $42,660

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 40 (7) $28.00 $58,230
State Government (OES Designation) 2,330 0.11 $26.57 $55,260
Social Advocacy Organizations 270 0.14 $25.34 $52,720
Offices of Physicians 4,260 0.18 $24.45 $50,850
Junior Colleges 120 0.02 $24.22 $50,380


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 13,750 2.46 2.78 $19.77 $41,130
California 9,950 0.70 0.79 $22.37 $46,530
Massachusetts 7,450 2.33 2.64 $20.37 $42,380
Virginia 6,920 1.92 2.18 $21.32 $44,350
New York 5,970 0.70 0.79 $19.75 $41,080




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 13,750 2.46 2.78 $19.77 $41,130
Massachusetts 7,450 2.33 2.64 $20.37 $42,380
Vermont 640 2.19 2.48 $19.39 $40,340
Virginia 6,920 1.92 2.18 $21.32 $44,350
Alaska 590 1.86 2.11 $27.07 $56,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 590 1.86 2.11 $27.07 $56,300
Wyoming 300 1.09 1.24 $25.32 $52,660
Arkansas 670 0.58 0.66 $24.32 $50,590
Oregon 2,560 1.59 1.80 $24.06 $50,040
Minnesota 2,180 0.83 0.94 $23.75 $49,390





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 5,400 2.96 3.35 $20.08 $41,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,800 0.74 0.83 $20.72 $43,090
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,620 1.00 1.13 $22.26 $46,310
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,130 1.83 2.07 $20.05 $41,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 2,650 1.13 1.28 $24.66 $51,300
Pittsburgh, PA 2,540 2.26 2.55 $19.93 $41,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,370 0.61 0.69 $23.71 $49,310
Richmond, VA 1,810 3.02 3.42 $18.15 $37,750
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,720 1.71 1.94 $23.29 $48,440
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,530 1.24 1.41 $20.71 $43,080




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)
Pittsfield, MA 160 4.83 5.47 $16.29 $33,880
Pueblo, CO 210 3.80 4.30 $17.30 $35,990
Lebanon, PA 180 3.65 4.13 $22.23 $46,230
New Bedford, MA 230 3.60 4.07 $26.69 $55,510
Springfield, MA-CT 1,020 3.55 4.02 $24.27 $50,480
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA 320 3.50 3.97 $17.40 $36,180
Lynchburg, VA 340 3.46 3.92 $18.07 $37,580
Worcester, MA-CT 830 3.42 3.87 $20.86 $43,380
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 850 3.40 3.85 $16.99 $35,330
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 310 3.11 3.52 $18.82 $39,150