Counselor Salaries

Here you’ll find a breakdown of the average counseling salaries for various specializations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Counseling salaries can vary based on several factors, including state, specialization and qualifications. Qualifications can include the number of years spent as a counselor, whether or not you have a master’s in counseling and what types of special certifications you might hold.

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The BLS predicts that employment of substance abuse, behavioral, and mental health will increase 22 percent between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the national average for all occupations. To learn more about salary trends across states and counseling specialties, please look at our Counselors Salary Guide below.

Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselor Salary

Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselor Salary
State Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Alabama $25.68 $53,420
Alaska $32.08 $66,730
Arizona $25.95 $53,980
Arkansas $25.94 $53,950
California $35.83 $74,530
Colorado $25.53 $53,090
Connecticut $31.50 $65,510
Delaware $30.76 $63,990
Florida $24.21 $50,350
Georgia $27.16 $56,500
Hawaii $28.42 $59,110
Idaho $26.27 $54,650
Illinois $27.18 $56,540
Indiana $24.79 $51,560
Iowa $26.27 $54,650
Kansas $24.09 $50,100
Kentucky $28.25 $58,770
Louisiana $26.68 $55,500
Maine $25.53 $53,100
Maryland $31.69 $65,910
Massachusetts $33.45 $69,570
Michigan $26.87 $55,890
Minnesota $28.06 $58,360
Mississippi $24.49 $50,940
Missouri $24.47 $50,900
Montana $23.08 $48,010
Nebraska $28.94 $60,200
Nevada $26.42 $54,960
New Hampshire $25.52 $53,070
New Jersey $34.64 $72,050
New Mexico $27.02 $56,200
New York $32.66 $67,920
North Carolina $24.11 $50,140
North Dakota $27.52 $57,250
Ohio $27.54 $57,280
Oklahoma $21.15 $44,000
Oregon $29.93 $62,250
Pennsylvania $29.45 $61,260
Rhode Island $30.19 $62,800
South Carolina $25.43 $52,890
South Dakota $20.55 $42,750
Tennessee $24.64 $51,240
Texas $28.88 $60,080
Utah $25.10 $52,200
Vermont $26.34 $54,790
Virginia $31.36 $65,230
Washington $30.87 $64,210
Washington D.C. $32.24 $67,050
West Virginia $21.51 $44,730
Wisconsin $26.60 $55,330
Wyoming $26.96 $56,080

BLS salary information for Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors as of May 2018.

For more information see our guide on how much school counselors make.

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Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselor Salary

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselor Salary
State Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Alabama $20.50 $42,640
Alaska $30.25 $62,920
Arizona $20.34 $42,310
Arkansas $25.05 $52,110
California $24.50 $50,950
Colorado $23.31 $48,490
Connecticut $25.04 $52,070
Delaware $21.47 $44,660
Florida $21.22 $44,140
Georgia $21.71 $45,150
Hawaii $26.23 $54,550
Idaho $22.56 $46,920
Illinois $21.28 $44,250
Indiana $21.42 $44,550
Iowa $22.88 $47,600
Kansas $19.87 $41,330
Kentucky $20.31 $42,240
Louisiana $19.41 $40,380
Maine $24.33 $50,600
Maryland $22.28 $46,350
Massachusetts $23.02 $47,880
Michigan $23.29 $48,440
Minnesota $23.69 $49,280
Mississippi $24.49 $50,940
Missouri $18.34 $38,150
Montana $21.71 $45,160
Nebraska $23.97 $49,850
Nevada $24.58 $51,130
New Hampshire $20.96 $43,600
New Jersey $28.08 $58,410
New Mexico $22.62 $47,040
New York $24.70 $51,380
North Carolina $23.51 $48,900
North Dakota $26.55 $55,220
Ohio $22.61 $47,040
Oklahoma $23.40 $48,670
Oregon $28.55 $59,390
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South Carolina $18.46 $38,410
South Dakota $20.09 $41,790
Tennessee $18.28 $38,030
Texas $22.60 $47,010
Utah $31.89 $66,330
Vermont $22.57 $46,950
Virginia $23.97 $49,860
Washington $23.28 $48,430
Washington D.C. $28.78 $59,850
West Virginia $19.21 $39,950
Wisconsin $20.50 $42,650
Wyoming $27.25 $56,690

BLS salary information for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselors as of May 2018.

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Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

Rehabilitation Counselor Salary
State Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Alabama $20.71 $43,080
Alaska $29.28 $60,900
Arizona $16.29 $33,870
Arkansas $17.05 $35,460
California $17.91 $37,250
Colorado $25.30 $52,620
Connecticut $21.41 $44,540
Delaware $16.74 $34,820
Florida $18.17 $37,790
Georgia $19.50 $40,560
Hawaii $20.84 $43,340
Idaho $19.86 $41,310
Illinois $19.35 $40,260
Indiana $19.68 $40,930
Iowa $17.46 $36,310
Kansas $15.52 $32,280
Kentucky $17.88 $37,200
Louisiana $21.47 $44,650
Maine $24.45 $50,860
Maryland $20.22 $42,060
Massachusetts $21.75 $45,230
Michigan $19.62 $40,810
Minnesota $19.76 $41,100
Mississippi $18.23 $37,910
Missouri $17.88 $37,190
Montana $17.73 $36,880
Nebraska $18.41 $38,290
Nevada $19.82 $41,230
New Hampshire $22.05 $45,870
New Jersey $31.42 $65,350
New Mexico $18.49 $38,460
New York $17.33 $36,040
North Carolina $18.99 $39,500
North Dakota $23.04 $47,930
Ohio $19.18 $39,890
Oklahoma $12.57 $26,150
Oregon $21.20 $44,100
Pennsylvania $19.22 $39,980
Rhode Island $27.61 $57,430
South Carolina $15.73 $32,720
South Dakota $19.98 $41,550
Tennessee $12.54 $26,080
Texas $21.59 $44,910
Utah $21.59 $44,900
Vermont $21.19 $44,070
Virginia $21.08 $43,840
Washington $24.01 $49,940
Washington D.C. $23.75 $49,400
West Virginia $15.94 $33,150
Wisconsin $15.15 $31,510
Wyoming $17.72 $36,870

BLS salary information for Rehabilitation Counselors as of May 2018.

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*Salary information on this page was last retrieved in April 2020.