Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
128,200 1.4 % $21.67 $45,080 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.65 $15.73 $20.13 $26.11 $33.07
Annual Wage (2) $26,300 $32,720 $41,880 $54,320 $68,790


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 28,770 1.81 $20.77 $43,200
Outpatient Care Centers 26,250 3.56 $21.30 $44,310
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,330 2.68 $18.12 $37,680
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,880 0.18 $26.55 $55,220
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 9,560 1.19 $24.06 $50,040

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 26,250 3.56 $21.30 $44,310
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 6,770 2.93 $21.87 $45,480
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,330 2.68 $18.12 $37,680
Other Residential Care Facilities 4,260 2.61 $17.58 $36,570
Individual and Family Services 28,770 1.81 $20.77 $43,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 70 0.01 $33.61 $69,900
Junior Colleges 70 0.01 $29.98 $62,360
Religious Organizations 50 0.03 $27.50 $57,190
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $27.09 $56,350
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,880 0.18 $26.55 $55,220


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)
California 12,400 0.80 0.86 $22.95 $47,740
Pennsylvania 11,800 2.07 2.22 $21.06 $43,800
Virginia 8,670 2.35 2.53 $22.39 $46,570
Massachusetts 6,330 1.86 2.00 $20.68 $43,010
New York 5,890 0.66 0.71 $20.49 $42,620



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)
Montana 1,140 2.55 2.74 $16.70 $34,730
Virginia 8,670 2.35 2.53 $22.39 $46,570
Pennsylvania 11,800 2.07 2.22 $21.06 $43,800
Colorado 5,000 2.04 2.19 $23.04 $47,920
Massachusetts 6,330 1.86 2.00 $20.68 $43,010



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 540 1.66 1.79 $28.94 $60,190
Utah 1,030 0.78 0.84 $27.16 $56,500
Idaho 880 1.37 1.47 $26.30 $54,700
Oregon 2,630 1.52 1.63 $25.60 $53,250
Wyoming 330 1.15 1.24 $25.39 $52,800




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,350 0.67 0.72 $22.07 $45,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,000 1.65 1.78 $23.80 $49,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,880 0.95 1.02 $26.12 $54,330
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,000 0.84 0.90 $23.13 $48,120
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,650 1.93 2.07 $22.46 $46,720
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,580 2.93 3.15 $20.62 $42,890
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,350 1.25 1.34 $22.53 $46,860
Pittsburgh, PA 2,230 1.97 2.12 $20.39 $42,400
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,070 1.90 2.04 $25.80 $53,660
Richmond, VA 1,960 3.18 3.42 $20.42 $42,480