Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

21-1014 Mental Health Counselors

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health. Exclude "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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
106,920 1.7 % $20.05 $41,710 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.65 $14.38 $18.28 $24.11 $31.06
Annual Wage (2) $24,230 $29,920 $38,010 $50,140 $64,610


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Outpatient Care Centers 22,200 $19.81 $41,210
Individual and Family Services 18,900 $19.09 $39,710
Residential Mental Retardation, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities 17,850 $15.87 $33,020
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,360 $23.86 $49,630
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 7,770 $21.93 $45,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Junior Colleges 60 $28.93 $60,160
Elementary and Secondary Schools 390 $27.46 $57,120
Home Health Care Services 560 $26.01 $54,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 9,360 $23.86 $49,630
Scientific Research and Development Services 60 $22.93 $47,690


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Pennsylvania 15,340 $18.14 $37,740 2.754
Massachusetts 5,020 $20.62 $42,890 1.583
Washington 4,140 $21.32 $44,330 1.483
Virginia 4,910 $22.63 $47,070 1.369
Colorado 2,960 $19.48 $40,530 1.324

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Maine 350 $26.51 $55,150 0.588
Alaska 370 $25.98 $54,030 1.215
Nevada 440 $25.37 $52,770 0.374
California 9,420 $24.96 $51,910 0.648
Oregon 1,740 $23.79 $49,490 1.070


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alexandria, LA 380 $13.45 $27,970 5.959
Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division 240 $17.51 $36,410 5.319
Erie, PA 600 $17.17 $35,720 4.745
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA 1,170 $16.02 $33,320 4.627
Pocatello, ID 140 $28.62 $59,530 3.955

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Bakersfield, CA 220 $36.92 $76,800 0.832
Waco, TX (8) $33.47 $69,610 (8)
Salinas, CA 120 $31.79 $66,130 0.801
Idaho Falls, ID (8) $29.78 $61,940 (8)
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 680 $29.05 $60,420 0.794


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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