Mental Professional Average Salary Information

Mental health professionals have many different career path opportunities, each with different levels of salary. With increased salary comes increased responsibility, leading to an increase of risk in being held liable for medical malpractice.

The cost of having your own psychologist, behavioral health, or counselor malpractice insurance coverage is nothing compared to the impact a negligence claim can have on your personal assets.

As you look to expand your mental health career and grow your future, evaluate the below list for your goal salary or use this data to help inform salary negotiations. Whether you’re a student studying mental health and looking ahead to the future, or a seasoned professional looking to move up the pay scale into another position, it’s important to know this basic information. CM&F supports and covers psychology, counselor, or behavioral health professionals of all levels.

Mental Health Professional Salary Guide

Mental Health Professional PositionEducation / Average Salary

Alcohol or Drug Counselors

Bachelor’s Degree / $46,540

Behavioral Therapist

Master’s Degree / $47,281

Case Manager

Bachelor’s Degree / $41,400

Clinical Social Worker

Bachelor’s Degree / $54,870

Community Health assistant

Bachelor’s Degree / $43,722

Marriage or Family Counselor

Master’s Degree / $49,170

Mental Health Counselor

Master’s Degree / $42,840


Doctoral Degree / $76,364


Doctoral Degree / $55,557

School Counselor

Bachelor’s Degree / $55,410

Clinical Counselor

Master’s Degree / $42,840

Mental Retardation Specialist

Bachelor’s Degree / $51,497

CM&F encourages aspiring mental health professionals looking to advance their career through additional education by providing comprehensive malpractice insurance for mental health professionals. CM&F’s professional liability insurance for mental health counselors, psychologists, or behavioral health professionals is designed to protect you wherever you go, with whomever you are working. The policy is your own. So while you are studying to be a mental health provider, you are protected with student malpractice insurance. When you go to your daytime or weekend job as a part-time advice-giving counselor, you are protected with portable mental health counselor insurance. Contact our client services team to find out more details about mental health liability insurance coverage.

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Resources for Mental Health Professionals

At CM&F, we are dedicated to being an educational resource for counselors, psychologists, and behavioral health professionals. To accomplish this we have compiled a vast amount of information from career opportunities, to terms to know in a malpractice policy, and even blog posts written by fellow healthcare professionals.

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