Becoming a Mental Health Professional via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Walden University, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering mental health courses to train individuals to become top-notch psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, child psychologists, counseling psychologists, mental health professionals, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 106,920 people employed as mental health counselors alone in America, and their average annual salary is $41,710. Mental health and substance abuse social workers make on average $41,350 per year and there are about 127,140 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Walden University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Mental Health Professional Salary Information

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: Mental health and substance abuse social workers

Total # Employed in the US 127,140
Average Hourly Wage: $19.88/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$11.99 $14.66 $18.37 $23.96 $30.17
Average Yearly Salary $41,350
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$24,940 $30,480 $38,200 $49,840 $62,760
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.2% 6.2% 10.4% 6.0% 42.3% 32.2% 1.6%
Mental health and substance abuse social workers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
North Dakota $28.36/hr $59,000
Virginia $25.05/hr $52,100
Mississippi $24.4/hr $50,750
Indiana $24.37/hr $50,680
Delaware $24.31/hr $50,560
Alaska $23.7/hr $49,300
Oklahoma $23.52/hr $48,910
Nebraska $23.4/hr $48,680
Florida $23.05/hr $47,950
New York $22.97/hr $47,770
Colorado $22.28/hr $46,340
Missouri $21.01/hr $43,700
District of Columbia $20.37/hr $42,370
Montana $19.86/hr $41,300
Oregon $19.85/hr $41,290
Guam $19.72/hr $41,020
California $19.68/hr $40,940
Massachusetts $19.5/hr $40,570
Kansas $19.47/hr $40,500
North Carolina $19.38/hr $40,310
Idaho $19.22/hr $39,990
Michigan $18.77/hr $39,040
Arkansas $18.63/hr $38,750
Utah $18.51/hr $38,500
Maine $18.16/hr $37,780
New Mexico $18.13/hr $37,700
Louisiana $17.94/hr $37,310
Tennessee $17.9/hr $37,230
South Carolina $17.85/hr $37,130
Maryland $17.84/hr $37,110
South Dakota $17.84/hr $37,100
Ohio $17.65/hr $36,710
Pennsylvania $17.55/hr $36,500
New Jersey $17.3/hr $35,990
Hawaii $17.15/hr $35,660
Kentucky $17.02/hr $35,400
Iowa $16.91/hr $35,180
Wyoming $16.64/hr $34,610
West Virginia $16.59/hr $34,510
New Hampshire $16.47/hr $34,260
Wisconsin $16.37/hr $34,050
Nevada $16.35/hr $34,010
Connecticut $15.84/hr $32,960
Alabama $15.68/hr $32,610
Washington $13.86/hr $28,830


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