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 mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists will increase 19 percent between 2014 and 2024, 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
State Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Alabama $26.40 $52,830
Alaska $33.57 $69,820
Arizona $25.56 $53,160
Arkansas $25.65 $53,340
California $32.69 $68,000
Colorado $25.05 $52,100
Connecticut $31.21 $64,910
Delaware $30.25 $62,910
Florida $23.70 $49,300
Georgia $26.66 $55,450
Hawaii $27.28 $56,760
Idaho $20.03 $41,660
Illinois $27.19 $56,550
Indiana $24.49 $50,930
Iowa $25.26 $52,530
Kansas $23.59 $49,080
Kentucky $28.24 $58,740
Louisiana $26.26 $54,610
Maine $24.24 $50,410
Maryland $30.69 $63,840
Massachusetts $32.04 $66,640
Michigan $26.46 $55,030
Minnesota $27.07 $56,310
Mississippi $24.11 $50,140
Missouri $23.85 $49,610
Montana $22.63 $47,070
Nebraska $24.26 $50,460
Nevada $28.40 $59,160
New Hampshire $27.93 $58,000
New Jersey $34.71 $72,190
New Mexico $27.71 $57,790
New York $32.26 $67,100
North Carolina $23.82 $49,550
North Dakota $27.05 $56,260
Ohio $27.52 $57,240
Oklahoma $20.32 $42,270
Oregon $29.51 $61,370
Pennsylvania $29.24 $60,810
Rhode Island $29.53 $61,410
South Carolina $25.38 $52,790
South Dakota $20.04 $41,680
Tennessee $23.82 $49,540
Texas $28.95 $60,210
Utah $23.13 $48,100
Vermont $25.85 $53,770
Virginia $31.88 $66,310
Washington $29.72 $61,810
Washington D.C. $31.65 $65,820
West Virginia $22.02 $45,790
Wisconsin $25.00 $52,000
Wyoming $26.24 $54,850

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Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselor Salary

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselor
State Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Alabama $20.03 $41,620
Alaska $29.82 $62,030
Arizona $20.24 $42,100
Arkansas $22.74 $47,290
California $23.00 $47,840
Colorado $23.36 $48,590
Connecticut $24.06 $50,030
Delaware $19.96 $41,510
Florida $21.51 $44,740
Georgia $21.49 $44,700
Hawaii $24.20 $50,330
Idaho $23.88 $49,670
Illinois $20.58 $42.810
Indiana $19.85 $41,300
Iowa $21.28 $44,270
Kansas $19.41 $40,380
Kentucky $20.19 $41,990
Louisiana $18.61 $38,710
Maine $23.67 $49,230
Maryland $21.09 $43,870
Massachusetts $22.27 $46,310
Michigan $22.05 $45,860
Minnesota $23.35 $48,570
Mississippi $18.57 $38,360
Missouri $18.87 $39,250
Montana $21.34 $44,380
Nebraska $23.85 $49,610
Nevada $23.48 $48,850
New Hampshire $20.60 $42,840
New Jersey $27.50 $57,200
New Mexico $24.22 $50,370
New York $22.90 $47,640
North Carolina $23.10 $48,050
North Dakota $22.11 $45,990
Ohio $22.10 $45,960
Oklahoma $22.94 $47,710
Oregon $27.60 $57,420
Pennsylvania $21,28 $44,270
Rhode Island $24.05 $50,020
South Carolina $19.19 $39.910
South Dakota $20.18 $41,980
Tennessee $18.84 $39,180
Texas $22.02 $45,790
Utah $32.29 $67,160
Vermont $22.81 $47,450
Virginia $23.55 $48,990
Washington $22.04 $45,850
Washington D.C. $24.00 $49,910
West Virginia $14.66 $30,500
Wisconsin $21.77 $45,290
Wyoming $27.33 $56,850

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Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

Rehabilitation Counselor
State Average Hourly Wage Average Annual Wage
Alabama $18.16 $37,780
Alaska $29.25 $60,840
Arizona $15.26 $31,750
Arkansas $17.84 $37,100
California $17.14 $35,650
Colorado $24.06 $50,040
Connecticut $23.05 $47,950
Delaware $17.52 $36,440
Florida $19.13 $39,790
Georgia $18.73 $39,960
Hawaii $20.52 $42,690
Idaho $18.55 $38,590
Illinois $17.54 $39,170
Indiana $18.83 $39,170
Iowa $17.66 $36,740
Kansas $15.05 $31,310
Kentucky $18.19 $37,840
Louisiana $21.33 $44,360
Maine $26.09 $54,260
Maryland $20.31 $42,250
Massachusetts $19.94 $41,470
Michigan $18.75 $39,010
Minnesota $19.68 $40,940
Mississippi $18.57 $38,630
Missouri $17.10 $35,580
Montana $17.37 $35,120
Nebraska $18.57 $38,910
Nevada $17.95 $47,330
New Hampshire $21.47 $44,650
New Jersey $28.62 $59,520
New Mexico $17.56 $36,520
New York $18.00 $37,430
North Carolina $19.54 $40,650
North Dakota $22,11 $45,990
Ohio $19.24 $40,010
Oklahoma $12.25 $26,520
Oregon $20.84 $43,360
Pennsylvania $18.25 $37,960
Rhode Island $26.69 $55,520
South Carolina $14.37 $29,900
South Dakota $20.16 $41,930
Tennessee $11.49 $23,900
Texas $20.98 $43,650
Utah $23.16 $48,180
Vermont $23.16 $48,180
Virginia $20.43 $42,500
Washington $22.13 $46,030
Washington D.C. $23.05 $47,940
West Virginia $15.98 $33,240
Wisconsin $15.50 $32,250
Wyoming $17.29 $35,960

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*Salary information on this page was last retrieved in July 2018.