Maine's 2008 median household income at $45,888 is the lowest in New England, yet the state of Maine has decided that professionals working in the field of mental health counseling merit the highest mean salary in the country. Mental health counselors in Maine earn an annual mean salary of $54,790, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a higher amount than counselors working in the country's largest cities.
The state's residents, long recognized for their Yankee thrift and no-nonsense approach to savings, undeniably place the work of counselors high up in importance to their state's overall health and well being. Maine recognizes that counselors are the linchpin to holding together families, communities and organizations. They are found working in family and community assistance centers, doctor's offices, medical clinics and elderly care centers. Counselors are also often self-employed, working with individuals on issues of self-esteem, marital conflict and stress management.
If you are considering a career in mental health counseling (or any other area of counseling) and you live in Maine, you will find positions that reward and recognize your expertise. To begin working on your degree in counseling, request information from the schools listed below.