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Fast Facts for Mental Health Counselors in California

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Hanford, Vallejo and Fresno
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Oxnard, Santa Ana and Bakersfield
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: San Diego, Oakland and Sacramento

Salaries for Mental Health Counselors in California

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Bakersfield, Hanford and Fresno

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  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
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  • Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
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  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology program helps students prepare for careers in counseling, marketing/sales, human services, ministry, and more.
  • The School of Psychology & Counseling received a 95% match rate for 4th year Psy.D. student internships in 2015.
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  • MA in Psychology, Career Management and Counseling Specialization
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  • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
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  • M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization
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  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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  • Counseling Psychology (EdD)
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  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
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More California Mental Health Counseling Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Santa Maria
Associate
13,176
Sacramento
Associate
33,821
Scotts Valley
Masters
537
Oroville
Associate
12,228
Los Angeles
Masters
368
San Francisco
Associate
46,411
San Mateo
Associate
10,516
Palm Desert
Associate
8,597
Eureka
Associate
6,025
Weed
Associate
2,782
San Luis Obispo
Associate
10,920
Cypress
Associate
13,592
Pleasant Hill
Associate
19,768
Monterey Park
Associate
28,889
Fresno
Associate
21,624
Glendale
Associate
16,827
Salinas
Associate
9,890
Imperial
Associate
8,682
South Lake Tahoe
Associate
2,576
Susanville
Associate
1,829
Loma Linda
Doctorate & First Professional
4,022
Long Beach
Associate
25,536
Los Angeles
Associate
17,204
Woodland Hills
Associate
19,526
Los Angeles
Associate
6,095
Ukiah
Associate
4,347
Merced
Associate
10,890
Oakland
Associate
6,944
Santa Clara
Associate
8,832
Modesto
Associate
18,546
San Jacinto
Associate
14,197
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Napa
Associate
7,169
Oxnard
Associate
6,803
Blythe
Associate
3,831
San Marcos
Associate
27,222
Porterville
Associate
3,773
Whittier
Associate
21,041
Mission Viejo
Associate
18,371
San Bernardino
Associate
12,839
San Diego
Associate
17,013
Stockton
Associate
18,668
San Jose
Associate
9,805
Santa Barbara
Associate
21,632
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626
Coalinga
Associate
2,833
Culver City
Associate
9,975
Marysville
Associate
9,904

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Mental Health Counselors

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Mental Health Counselors

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Mental Health Counselors relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 180 $47,010
Chico 220 $36,240
El Centro 100 $47,970
Fresno 350 $44,070
Sacramento 1290 $31,390
Roseville 1290 $31,390
Arden 1290 $31,390
Arcade 1290 $31,390
Salinas 220 $36,000
San Diego 1100 $37,870
Carlsbad 1100 $37,870
Los Angeles 5790 $42,320
Long Beach 5790 $42,320
Anaheim 5790 $42,320
Merced 50 $53,750
Modesto 210 $51,390
Napa 70 $78,660
Oxnard N/A $39,310
Thousand Oaks N/A $39,310
Ventura N/A $39,310
Riverside 1200 $37,690
San Bernardino 1200 $37,690
Ontario 1200 $37,690
San Francisco 2030 $45,920
Oakland 2030 $45,920
Hayward 2030 $45,920
Stockton 180 $34,730
Lodi 180 $34,730
San Jose 660 $42,520
Sunnyvale 660 $42,520
Santa Clara 660 $42,520
Vallejo 100 $51,760
Fairfield 100 $51,760
Visalia 120 $46,300
Porterville 120 $46,300
Yuba City 70 $40,530
San Luis Obispo 100 $38,300
Paso Robles 100 $38,300
Arroyo Grande 100 $38,300
Santa Cruz 120 $38,040
Watsonville 120 $38,040
Santa Maria 50 $37,140
Santa Barbara 50 $37,140
Santa Rosa 280 $43,960

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