What are typical youth counselor salaries?

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Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

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AUSTIN POWERS in New Iberia, Louisiana

79 months ago

I AM A STUDENT WHO ATTENDS WESTGATE HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LOVE TO COUNSELOR YOUTHS. BECAUSE I AM A YOUTH AT THE MOMENT AND I AM LEARNING FROM THE MISTAKES THAT I AM MAKING OR THAT I MADE. I WANT TO TEACH YOUTHS ABOUT THE WAT LIFE REALLY GOES AND NOT THE WAT THY WANT IT TO GO. AS A TEENAGER YOU WANT THE WORLD TO REVOLVE AROUND YOU.

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Kendall in Springfield, Illinois in Springfield, Illinois

64 months ago

I want to be a youth counselor, because I believe I can help many young people who are struggling and dealing with any type of problems or issues they maybe facing in their lives. And I really just believe this is a job task that God wants me to fulfill!

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sienna in Moreno Valley, California

63 months ago

I see all these comments above me and it saddens me all because yes the money is important but the job is so much more. You just be giving advice an save a youth from many things such as suicide, drugs, premiscouty, and much more. It would be an honor to be able to help whom ever came across my way. And everything ive been through i would be able to relate to them.

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Lizth in Bronx, New York

63 months ago

Yes, is said =( to see that one would only care about "HOW MUCH WILL I EARN!" & not consider that the arising generation is just "CRYING" out for help! Where are the parents!!! Praise God for he is LOVE 1Jn4:16 & and in him, with him, or for him money is not an issue. There are those who HE had chosen to do this job with a willing & obedient Heart in Jesus mighty name!

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JDub in Edmonton, Alberta

62 months ago

Well.... I think after you have some experience you will move up the salary ladder. I think it's a very very reasonable question to ask how much you'll be earning- you need to make bills, rent, food, and genrally live. Money is, clearly, a means of survival in this day and age.

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D. Bolling in Cincinnati, Ohio

59 months ago

I would love to be a youth counselor, however I'm in the process right now of obtaining my Bachelor's and eventually my Masters and licensing in social work, do you think that will cover all the bases for youth counseling?

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counseling in Cleveland, Ohio

54 months ago

It depends on where you are counseling. I believe you can do God's work as a therapist and still be practical. You have to survive. Many agencies will begin salary at 32-36K a year just out of college with a MA in counseling or social work. You can make up to 45K as a counselor depending on if you are going in-house or office only. This generally is for a non-profit. If you work for a private practice you can get a 60/40 split (you take 60%) and generally make about $30-60 an hour from insurance. You need good training and to be skilled in your field. Take the job seriously and you will go far. Remember that you work for your clients not an agency. It's a very humbling job.

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Derrick in Federal Way, Washington

26 months ago

Host said: Do some companies pay a lot more for this position than others? What does a top earner make in this field?

What skills should you learn to increase your salary?

Depends on the degree and experience as well as not much more than the other. Maybe the state that your in also plays a factor in the money as well.

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Samuel Dorberger-Green-Croucher in Richmond, Indiana

7 months ago

Kendall in Springfield, Illinois in Springfield, Illinois said: I want to be a youth counselor , because I believe I can help many young people who are struggling and dealing with any type of problems or issues they maybe facing in their lives. And I really just believe this is a job task that God wants me to fulfill!

That's a good attitude, but you have to be ready to bite your tongue, and support something you don't believe in. I'm not that sure if that came out tight, so let me clarify what I mean- I ended up firing one of my therapists because she kept trying to shove Christianity down my throat when I told her I was a follower of Anton LeVay.
At the time I was dealing with much more important issues, and my family had already disowned me because of my philosophical/religious beliefs. All I needed her to do was be there as a support for me, but she couldn't swallow her own beliefs enough to support her already devastated client.
Don't be like that. Although I completely despise Christianity, that is my own opinion. And if you're trying to help someone, you must be tolerant to what they believe, even if you think it's absurd. Unless of course, you truly believe their thoughts warrant an evaluation at a mental institution.
I'm just rambling now, and I apologize. Basically, what I'm trying to say is this: your clients need you. They need your support. Never, ever talk about YOUR religious views unless the conversation calls for it, or your client asks. Never, however, under any circumstances, try to convert your client. I almost killed myself because of my experience.
Thanks again for taking the time to listen to me, and I hope I didn't come off wrong.
Best of luck with your career choice, I plan to achieve a PhD in psychology and child development someday, and become a Youth Trauma Counselor, since I have a lot of trauma and experience behind me already, and I'm 15. The world needs more people willing to take the time and listen.

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