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Rehabilitation Counselors Rock in ACA Counselor Compensation Study

In a recent study conducted by the American Counseling Association (ACA), Rehabilitation Counselors were named the highest paid specialty in the counseling profession and earn better overall benefits.  

Designed to be a comprehensive look at counselor compensation and benefits across the profession, ACA developed and fielded a web survey in fall 2013 to a sample group of counselors in the specialty areas of Mental Health Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling and to Counselor Educators. Key areas covered in the survey included education and experience levels, certification and licensure attainment, current work setting, working conditions, and average compensation and employment benefits.

According to the ACA study:

  • Rehabilitation Counselors are the most highly paid counseling specialty on average.
  • Rehabilitation Counselors earn over $13,000 more than Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, or Community Counselors on average.
  • Rehabilitation Counselors receive better overall benefits - employee retirement plan, medical coverage, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability - than other professional counselors.

This is very positive news for the rehabilitation counseling profession. To view the executive summary of the Counselor Compensation Study, click here.