Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
139,820 1.4 % $22.14 $46,050 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.96 $16.13 $20.59 $26.66 $33.70
Annual Wage (2) $26,950 $33,560 $42,840 $55,440 $70,100


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 30,170 1.79 $21.43 $44,580
Outpatient Care Centers 29,890 3.58 $21.52 $44,770
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,160 2.64 $18.78 $39,060
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 11,490 1.37 $24.34 $50,640
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,130 0.21 $26.87 $55,880

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 29,890 3.58 $21.52 $44,770
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 7,670 3.26 $21.90 $45,540
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities 16,160 2.64 $18.78 $39,060
Other Residential Care Facilities 4,150 2.57 $18.75 $38,990
Individual and Family Services 30,170 1.79 $21.43 $44,580

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 130 0.01 $31.58 $65,680
Junior Colleges 90 0.01 $31.29 $65,090
Insurance Carriers 120 0.01 $29.86 $62,100
Local Government (OES Designation) 11,130 0.21 $26.87 $55,880
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 420 0.16 $26.75 $55,650


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 15,300 0.96 0.96 $22.63 $47,070
Pennsylvania 13,020 2.27 2.28 $20.91 $43,480
Virginia 8,980 2.39 2.40 $23.23 $48,310
New York 6,970 0.77 0.77 $20.23 $42,070
Massachusetts 6,830 1.97 1.98 $21.65 $45,030




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)
Virginia 8,980 2.39 2.40 $23.23 $48,310
Montana 1,030 2.28 2.28 $19.33 $40,210
Pennsylvania 13,020 2.27 2.28 $20.91 $43,480
Vermont 670 2.21 2.22 $19.79 $41,160
Colorado 5,100 2.03 2.04 $23.53 $48,930




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 2.00 2.01 $31.50 $65,520
Utah 1,210 0.88 0.88 $29.37 $61,080
Wyoming 320 1.17 1.18 $27.90 $58,020
Oregon 2,720 1.52 1.53 $26.76 $55,670
New Jersey 4,790 1.21 1.22 $25.68 $53,410





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,050 1.20 1.20 $24.72 $51,410
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,760 0.72 0.73 $23.27 $48,400
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,850 1.54 1.55 $25.01 $52,020
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 3,170 0.87 0.88 $21.06 $43,810
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 2,820 1.47 1.48 $23.91 $49,730
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,730 3.07 3.08 $20.47 $42,570
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,650 1.87 1.88 $23.76 $49,430
Pittsburgh, PA 2,250 1.98 1.99 $19.95 $41,490
Richmond, VA 2,150 3.37 3.39 $22.07 $45,900
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,100 1.85 1.86 $27.34 $56,860