Becoming a Counselor via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Post University is a US school (accredited) offering counseling courses to train individuals to become top-notch counseling psychologists, school counselors, counselors, christian counselors, organizational psychologists, pastoral counselors, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 98,330 people employed as clinical, counseling, and school psychologists alone in America, and their average annual salary is $72,310. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make on average $40,420 per year and there are about 78,470 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Post University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Counselor
  • School
  • University
  • Research center
  • Private practice
  • Counseling department
  • Government agency
  • Training institute
  • Eduction center
  • Coaching center
  • Non-profit agency
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Counselor
  • Collect information about clients
  • Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions
  • Develop and implement treatment plans based on clinical experience and knowledge
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluate clients' physical or mental condition based on review of client information
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Coordinate and lead people
  • Encourage clients to express their feelings
  • Use reasoning and comprehension skills
Potential Drawbacks
  • Complex problem solving ability needed
  • Communicate with wide variety of people
  • Resolve conflicts and solve problems
  • Work with difficult people
  • Prepare and maintain all required treatment records and reports
  • Document and record information
  • Make frequent decisions
  • High stress tolerance needed
  • Advanced education required
  • Excellent communication skills required
Related Professions to Consider
  • Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Probation Officer
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Physical Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Residential Advisor
  • Occupational Therapist
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Counselor
  • What inspired you to become a counselor?
  • What do you see as your main role as a counselor?
  • What counseling philosophies do you follow most often?
  • What is the most creative technique you have ever used in your practice?
  • How would you handle a difficult patient?
  • How would you like to grow professionally?
  • Do you work with addictions?
  • Do you conduct group therapy?
  • Are you willing to work hours outside typical business hours?
  • Have you worked in an education setting before?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • Social Worker
  • Doctor
  • Educator
  • Psycologist
  • School Administrator
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Therapist
  • Probation Officer
  • Police Officer
Counselor Training books Counselor (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Management, Data, and Accountability
  • Professional Development in Addiction Counseling
  • Domestic Violence
  • Anger Management
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Personality Assessment
  • Treatment Planning Principles and Practices
  • Supervision in Counseling
  • Counseling the Dying and Grieving
  • Child and Play Therapy

Counselor Salary Information

Category: Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists

Total # Employed in the US 98,330
Average Hourly Wage: $34.77/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$18.88 $24.14 $31.75 $41.0 $52.63
Average Yearly Salary $72,310
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$39,270 $50,210 $66,040 $85,270 $109,470
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.2% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3% 4.2% 43.2% 51.5%
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $44.41/hr $92,380
Connecticut $43.33/hr $90,130
Colorado $40.68/hr $84,600
South Carolina $38.69/hr $80,470
Virginia $38.28/hr $79,630
Oklahoma $38.21/hr $79,480
District of Columbia $37.13/hr $77,230
Montana $37.05/hr $77,060
Alabama $36.78/hr $76,500
Alaska $36.77/hr $76,480
Delaware $35.94/hr $74,750
Massachusetts $35.61/hr $74,070
Missouri $35.54/hr $73,930
Kansas $35.26/hr $73,340
Michigan $34.63/hr $72,030
Mississippi $34.28/hr $71,310
New York $34.26/hr $71,260
West Virginia $34.21/hr $71,160
Indiana $33.95/hr $70,630
California $33.64/hr $69,980
Puerto Rico $33.05/hr $68,750
Idaho $32.34/hr $67,270
Florida $32.33/hr $67,240
Hawaii $32.24/hr $67,050
Utah $32.23/hr $67,030
Wisconsin $31.26/hr $65,020
Oregon $31.23/hr $64,950
North Carolina $31/hr $64,480
Nebraska $31/hr $64,480
Tennessee $30.96/hr $64,390
Guam $30.4/hr $63,220
Iowa $30.33/hr $63,090
Kentucky $30.21/hr $62,830
Washington $30.11/hr $62,620
Louisiana $29.95/hr $62,300
Ohio $29.75/hr $61,880
Arkansas $29.72/hr $61,820
New Hampshire $28.87/hr $60,050
Wyoming $28.65/hr $59,590
Maine $27.95/hr $58,150
New Mexico $26.86/hr $55,870
Maryland $26.43/hr $54,970
Pennsylvania $26.16/hr $54,420
South Dakota $26.08/hr $54,250
New Jersey $22.84/hr $47,500
Nevada $21.64/hr $45,000


Category: Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors

Total # Employed in the US 78,470
Average Hourly Wage: $19.43/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.82 $14.36 $18.13 $23.11 $28.87
Average Yearly Salary $40,420
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,580 $29,860 $37,700 $48,060 $60,060
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $27.08/hr $56,320
North Dakota $26.43/hr $54,970
Guam $22.48/hr $46,760
Michigan $22.33/hr $46,440
Nebraska $20.98/hr $43,630
Delaware $20.73/hr $43,120
Missouri $20.55/hr $42,750
New York $20.53/hr $42,700
Alaska $20.52/hr $42,690
Oklahoma $20.41/hr $42,460
Arkansas $20.34/hr $42,310
Pennsylvania $20.07/hr $41,750
Oregon $19.82/hr $41,230
Puerto Rico $19.69/hr $40,960
Mississippi $19.63/hr $40,840
Hawaii $19.59/hr $40,740
Montana $19.43/hr $40,420
South Carolina $19.29/hr $40,120
Utah $19.18/hr $39,900
New Mexico $19.11/hr $39,740
Massachusetts $19.05/hr $39,630
North Carolina $18.94/hr $39,390
Florida $18.74/hr $38,970
Louisiana $18.61/hr $38,700
Virginia $18.57/hr $38,620
Kentucky $18.47/hr $38,420
Kansas $18.43/hr $38,340
Iowa $18.36/hr $38,190
Tennessee $18.29/hr $38,050
Alabama $18.23/hr $37,920
Idaho $17.93/hr $37,290
Washington $17.92/hr $37,280
Colorado $17.87/hr $37,180
South Dakota $17.82/hr $37,070
Ohio $17.41/hr $36,220
New Hampshire $17.32/hr $36,030
District of Columbia $17.22/hr $35,810
New Jersey $17.19/hr $35,750
Wisconsin $17.13/hr $35,620
Wyoming $16.87/hr $35,100
Maine $16.79/hr $34,920
Maryland $16.75/hr $34,830
West Virginia $16.68/hr $34,700
California $16.67/hr $34,670
Connecticut $16.42/hr $34,150
Nevada $14.52/hr $30,200


Category: Educational, vocational, and school counselors

Total # Employed in the US 251,050
Average Hourly Wage: $26.46/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$14.97 $19.35 $25.27 $32.29 $40.42
Average Yearly Salary $55,030
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$31,140 $40,260 $52,550 $67,160 $84,080
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Educational, vocational, and school counselors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $34.42/hr $71,600
Alaska $30.63/hr $63,720
Mississippi $30.56/hr $63,560
Virginia $29.99/hr $62,370
Kansas $29.34/hr $61,020
Oklahoma $29.33/hr $61,020
Colorado $29.28/hr $60,910
Delaware $28.16/hr $58,580
South Carolina $27.53/hr $57,260
Missouri $27/hr $56,160
Maryland $26.93/hr $56,020
Idaho $26.52/hr $55,150
New York $26.4/hr $54,920
Ohio $26.28/hr $54,670
District of Columbia $26.16/hr $54,420
Kentucky $26.15/hr $54,400
Wyoming $26.12/hr $54,330
Indiana $26.04/hr $54,170
Hawaii $26.03/hr $54,150
Montana $25.76/hr $53,580
Utah $25.47/hr $52,990
Alabama $25.08/hr $52,160
Puerto Rico $24.94/hr $51,880
Florida $24.77/hr $51,520
California $24.62/hr $51,210
North Carolina $24.32/hr $50,590
Tennessee $24.28/hr $50,500
Massachusetts $24.25/hr $50,430
New Mexico $24.1/hr $50,120
Maine $23.61/hr $49,100
Nevada $23.47/hr $48,830
Connecticut $23.29/hr $48,430
Washington $23.14/hr $48,140
Nebraska $22.95/hr $47,740
Guam $22.91/hr $47,650
Michigan $22.66/hr $47,120
Oregon $22.51/hr $46,830
New Hampshire $22.48/hr $46,750
Pennsylvania $22.34/hr $46,470
Iowa $21.8/hr $45,350
Arkansas $21.73/hr $45,190
Wisconsin $21.34/hr $44,380
Louisiana $21.31/hr $44,320
New Jersey $20.78/hr $43,220
South Dakota $20.52/hr $42,690
West Virginia $18.67/hr $38,840


Category: Marriage and family therapists

Total # Employed in the US 26,450
Average Hourly Wage: $23.57/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$14.07 $17.54 $22.56 $28.1 $35.39
Average Yearly Salary $49,020
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$29,270 $36,480 $46,920 $58,440 $73,610
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Marriage and family therapists — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $35.61/hr $74,070
Idaho $30.54/hr $63,510
North Dakota $29.29/hr $60,920
Alaska $29.18/hr $60,700
New York $29.09/hr $60,510
New Hampshire $27.32/hr $56,820
District of Columbia $24.96/hr $51,920
Nebraska $24.87/hr $51,730
Colorado $24.81/hr $51,600
Oregon $24.79/hr $51,550
Delaware $24.41/hr $50,770
Iowa $24.11/hr $50,150
Guam $23.75/hr $49,400
Tennessee $23.15/hr $48,160
Utah $22.83/hr $47,480
Wyoming $22.49/hr $46,770
Mississippi $22.05/hr $45,870
Michigan $21.86/hr $45,470
South Carolina $21.38/hr $44,470
Montana $21.29/hr $44,280
Missouri $21.12/hr $43,930
California $20.98/hr $43,640
Alabama $20.89/hr $43,450
Maryland $20.61/hr $42,860
Kentucky $20.47/hr $42,570
Ohio $20.25/hr $42,130
Louisiana $20.03/hr $41,660
Kansas $20.01/hr $41,620
Washington $19.85/hr $41,300
New Mexico $19.83/hr $41,240
Oklahoma $19.62/hr $40,810
Connecticut $19.57/hr $40,700
West Virginia $19.48/hr $40,520
Hawaii $19.42/hr $40,390
Puerto Rico $19.41/hr $40,370
Pennsylvania $19.4/hr $40,340
Maine $18.87/hr $39,240
Arkansas $18.44/hr $38,360
North Carolina $18.36/hr $38,190
South Dakota $17.46/hr $36,310
Massachusetts $16.29/hr $33,880
Wisconsin $15.87/hr $33,010
New Jersey $15.52/hr $32,280


Category: Mental health counselors

Total # Employed in the US 106,920
Average Hourly Wage: $20.05/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.65 $14.38 $18.28 $24.11 $31.06
Average Yearly Salary $41,710
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,230 $29,920 $38,010 $50,140 $64,610
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Mental health counselors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Michigan $26.51/hr $55,150
Alaska $25.98/hr $54,030
New York $25.37/hr $52,770
Colorado $24.96/hr $51,910
Tennessee $23.79/hr $49,490
Iowa $23.59/hr $49,060
Florida $23.29/hr $48,440
California $22.75/hr $47,330
District of Columbia $22.7/hr $47,220
Montana $22.41/hr $46,620
Ohio $22.35/hr $46,490
Guam $22.35/hr $46,490
North Dakota $21.99/hr $45,750
South Carolina $20.99/hr $43,650
Kentucky $20.88/hr $43,420
Missouri $20.62/hr $42,890
New Mexico $20.53/hr $42,700
Arkansas $20.14/hr $41,890
South Dakota $20.13/hr $41,880
Idaho $20.02/hr $41,640
Nebraska $19.73/hr $41,050
Delaware $19.67/hr $40,920
Mississippi $19.63/hr $40,840
Connecticut $19.48/hr $40,530
Hawaii $19.46/hr $40,480
Oregon $19.38/hr $40,310
Washington $19.38/hr $40,310
Kansas $19.27/hr $40,080
Maine $19.16/hr $39,850
Indiana $19.13/hr $39,790
Nevada $18.93/hr $39,370
West Virginia $18.93/hr $39,360
Wyoming $18.56/hr $38,610
Puerto Rico $18.51/hr $38,500
North Carolina $18.47/hr $38,420
Alabama $18.19/hr $37,830
Utah $18.14/hr $37,740
Maryland $18.04/hr $37,520
Oklahoma $17.9/hr $37,240
Louisiana $16.84/hr $35,020
New Hampshire $16.28/hr $33,870
Virginia $15.5/hr $32,240
Wisconsin $14.79/hr $30,770
Massachusetts $14.77/hr $30,720
New Jersey $14.42/hr $29,980


Category: Rehabilitation counselors

Total # Employed in the US 112,690
Average Hourly Wage: $16.69/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$9.82 $11.74 $15.01 $19.91 $26.72
Average Yearly Salary $34,710
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$20,440 $24,410 $31,210 $41,420 $55,580
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.3% 7.3% 10.5% 5.6% 25.0% 45.9% 4.4%
Rehabilitation counselors — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Montana $23.25/hr $48,350
Virginia $22.23/hr $46,250
Alaska $21.49/hr $44,700
New York $21.46/hr $44,640
Nebraska $20.7/hr $43,050
Guam $20.54/hr $42,730
South Carolina $19.71/hr $41,000
Tennessee $19.56/hr $40,690
Delaware $18.85/hr $39,210
Iowa $18.71/hr $38,910
Indiana $18.58/hr $38,650
Wyoming $18.2/hr $37,860
Missouri $17.96/hr $37,360
Idaho $17.92/hr $37,280
Kansas $17.74/hr $36,910
California $17.73/hr $36,890
Puerto Rico $17.65/hr $36,710
Colorado $17.36/hr $36,110
Connecticut $17.28/hr $35,950
Maryland $17.24/hr $35,850
North Dakota $17.12/hr $35,610
West Virginia $16.81/hr $34,970
Michigan $16.74/hr $34,820
Hawaii $16.67/hr $34,680
Pennsylvania $16.5/hr $34,310
Alabama $16.34/hr $33,980
Utah $16.06/hr $33,400
Florida $15.96/hr $33,190
Ohio $15.74/hr $32,750
New Hampshire $15.73/hr $32,710
North Carolina $15.72/hr $32,700
Arkansas $15.66/hr $32,560
Oklahoma $15.45/hr $32,140
Nevada $15.36/hr $31,950
New Jersey $15.3/hr $31,820
Oregon $15.29/hr $31,810
Massachusetts $14.59/hr $30,340
New Mexico $14.34/hr $29,830
Washington $14.3/hr $29,750
Louisiana $14.26/hr $29,660
Mississippi $13.81/hr $28,720
Kentucky $13.13/hr $27,320
South Dakota $13.08/hr $27,210
Maine $12.5/hr $26,000
Wisconsin $11.48/hr $23,870


Category: Counseling Psychologists

Total # Employed in the US 98,330
Average Hourly Wage: $34.77/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$18.88 $24.14 $31.75 $41.0 $52.63
Average Yearly Salary $72,310
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$39,270 $50,210 $66,040 $85,270 $109,470
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.2% 0.2% 0.4% 0.3% 4.2% 43.2% 51.5%


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