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What is the average salary of a counselor/therapist?


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There are different types of therapists and counselors, so the salaries will vary. It depends on the type of degree, whether it is a masters degree or doctorate degree. Psychiatrists can also be considered therapists, and that requires medical school.

There are a variety of programs you can pursue, including psychology, counseling, social work.

There are websites that provide information on different jobs, where you can research the different types of therapists and counselors and find out salary information. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/ and the Occupational Information Network (ONET) can be found at https://www.onetonline.org/

Here is some salary information for various jobs:
Psychologist $80,000
Marriage & Family Therapist $50,000
School Counselor $57,000
Social Worker $50,000
Mental Health Counselor $46,000
Psychiatrist $200,000

Elke recommends the following next steps:

Check out the OOH and ONET websites to research the different therapist and counselor job titles. You will learn what education is required, what you will do in that job, how much money you will make, and much more.
Think about how much education you want to pursue. How long are you willing and able to go to school? Although it isn't always the case, typically the higher degree you have, the more money you will make.
Talk to people who work as therapists and counselors. Ask them questions about their jobs, what they like and don't like about it, what advice they would have for you.

Thank you very much! maria L.

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