Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
115,580 1.6 % $21.01 $43,700 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.43 $15.47 $19.51 $25.15 $32.22
Annual Wage (2) $25,840 $32,170 $40,580 $52,310 $67,020


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 24,110 3.59 $21.16 $44,000
Individual and Family Services 23,110 1.65 $20.52 $42,670
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 17,500 2.96 $17.08 $35,530
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,320 0.15 $24.96 $51,910
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 8,130 1.09 $23.52 $48,930

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 24,110 3.59 $21.16 $44,000
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 6,960 3.03 $20.81 $43,280
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 17,500 2.96 $17.08 $35,530
Other Residential Care Facilities 3,540 2.25 $16.79 $34,910
Individual and Family Services 23,110 1.65 $20.52 $42,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 60 0.04 $25.85 $53,770
Insurance Carriers 70 0.01 $25.69 $53,440
Other Schools and Instruction 60 0.02 $25.31 $52,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,320 0.15 $24.96 $51,910
State Government (OES Designation) 2,090 0.10 $24.69 $51,360


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 12,260 2.18 2.50 $20.73 $43,110
California 9,910 0.67 0.77 $22.58 $46,970
Massachusetts 8,050 2.47 2.84 $19.97 $41,550
Virginia 7,890 2.17 2.49 $21.61 $44,950
New York 5,540 0.64 0.74 $20.55 $42,750




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)
Massachusetts 8,050 2.47 2.84 $19.97 $41,550
Montana 1,000 2.27 2.60 $15.08 $31,360
Pennsylvania 12,260 2.18 2.50 $20.73 $43,110
Virginia 7,890 2.17 2.49 $21.61 $44,950
Vermont 610 2.05 2.36 $21.32 $44,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 600 1.86 2.14 $27.43 $57,040
Wyoming 300 1.06 1.22 $25.76 $53,570
Oregon 2,520 1.54 1.76 $24.84 $51,670
Arkansas 710 0.62 0.71 $24.14 $50,200
New Jersey 4,150 1.09 1.24 $23.79 $49,490





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 5,020 2.73 3.13 $20.45 $42,530
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,520 1.48 1.70 $23.87 $49,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,340 0.64 0.73 $21.30 $44,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,330 1.90 2.18 $18.77 $39,040
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,950 0.80 0.91 $22.85 $47,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,430 0.61 0.70 $24.22 $50,380
Pittsburgh, PA 2,380 2.11 2.42 $20.24 $42,100
Richmond, VA 2,080 3.44 3.95 $17.76 $36,950
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 1,690 1.32 1.52 $20.24 $42,090
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,690 1.65 1.89 $24.62 $51,200




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)
Lynchburg, VA 580 5.88 6.75 $20.21 $42,040
Great Falls, MT 200 5.82 6.67 $10.75 $22,350
Pittsfield, MA 160 4.75 5.45 $16.71 $34,750
Springfield, MA-CT 1,250 4.30 4.93 $22.95 $47,740
Pueblo, CO 190 3.50 4.02 $17.87 $37,170
Richmond, VA 2,080 3.44 3.95 $17.76 $36,950
Roanoke, VA 500 3.31 3.80 $22.72 $47,250
Worcester, MA-CT 800 3.26 3.74 $21.47 $44,650
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 520 3.26 3.74 $16.46 $34,240
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 350 3.00 3.44 $20.45 $42,530