Mental health counselors struggle with lower paying jobs in various areas of the country.
"The American Counseling Association recently released its 2014 counselor compensation survey, the organization’s first large-scale effort to determine the salary levels, health care and other benefits earned by those in the counseling profession.
The project determined that the average primary salary for counselor educators is $66,405 annually. Rehabilitation counselors make $53,561 on average annually, while school counselors have an average salary of $53,299 per year. Mental health, clinical mental health and community counselors were found to have the lowest average annual salary at $40,422. All other counselor specialties were put into the category “other,” which was determined to have an average primary salary of $51,074 annually."