Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
120,010 1.5 % $21.15 $43,990 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.52 $15.54 $19.64 $25.37 $32.18
Annual Wage (2) $26,030 $32,320 $40,850 $52,760 $66,930


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 26,500 1.80 $20.10 $41,820
Outpatient Care Centers 23,900 3.41 $21.12 $43,920
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,050 2.65 $17.81 $37,030
Local Government (OES Designation) 8,990 0.17 $24.93 $51,850
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 8,330 1.08 $24.20 $50,330

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 23,900 3.41 $21.12 $43,920
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 7,340 3.23 $21.42 $44,560
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,050 2.65 $17.81 $37,030
Other Residential Care Facilities 4,060 2.62 $16.93 $35,200
Individual and Family Services 26,500 1.80 $20.10 $41,820

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 60 (7) $33.91 $70,540
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $27.43 $57,060
Religious Organizations 40 0.02 $27.21 $56,600
Educational Support Services 70 0.04 $26.72 $55,580
Insurance Carriers 80 0.01 $26.53 $55,190


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 11,160 1.97 2.22 $20.75 $43,150
California 11,100 0.73 0.83 $22.25 $46,290
Virginia 8,060 2.21 2.49 $22.12 $46,000
Massachusetts 7,900 2.38 2.68 $19.53 $40,620
New York 5,690 0.65 0.73 $20.05 $41,700



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 1,180 2.67 3.00 $15.07 $31,350
Massachusetts 7,900 2.38 2.68 $19.53 $40,620
Virginia 8,060 2.21 2.49 $22.12 $46,000
District of Columbia 1,470 2.17 2.45 $20.61 $42,870
Vermont 610 2.02 2.27 $20.02 $41,650



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 650 1.99 2.24 $28.27 $58,800
Oregon 2,370 1.41 1.58 $25.64 $53,330
Wyoming 320 1.14 1.28 $25.40 $52,840
Hawaii 240 0.39 0.44 $24.34 $50,630
New Jersey 4,320 1.12 1.26 $23.88 $49,670




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 4,260 2.29 2.57 $20.94 $43,550
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,840 1.61 1.82 $23.44 $48,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,720 0.69 0.78 $20.24 $42,090
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,430 1.91 2.15 $17.98 $37,390
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,790 0.74 0.84 $23.34 $48,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,760 0.68 0.77 $24.09 $50,120
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,100 1.59 1.79 $21.63 $44,980
Pittsburgh, PA 1,930 1.71 1.92 $20.71 $43,070
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,810 0.99 1.12 $22.64 $47,080
Richmond, VA 1,780 2.88 3.24 $19.59 $40,750



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 540 5.50 6.19 $20.47 $42,580
Pittsfield, MA 170 4.92 5.54 $16.36 $34,040
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 670 4.12 4.64 $16.49 $34,300
Springfield, MA-CT 980 3.38 3.80 $22.67 $47,150
Fairbanks, AK 120 3.34 3.76 $25.62 $53,290
Worcester, MA-CT 830 3.33 3.75 $20.78 $43,230
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 210 3.29 3.71 $18.83 $39,160
Pueblo, CO 180 3.23 3.64 $21.15 $44,000
Muncie, IN 140 3.09 3.48 $16.98 $35,320
Erie, PA 360 2.90 3.26 $17.02 $35,400