Is your future salary worth the time in school?

After graduation, mental health counseling graduates typically earn low salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $55,956, while the bottom 20% make closer to $25,232. The median grad salary is $37,575.

Mental Health Counseling graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in mental health counseling is $30,418, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $53,333.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

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