Mental health counselors in Nevada earn a higher mean salary than counselors working in 48 other states, an indication of the value Nevada employers place on the services offered by these professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the 2008 mean salary for counselors was $52,780, the second highest in the nation for these counseling professionals.
Of course, working in a state that places a high value on counselors has positive implications for daily work life, but also the fact that Nevada has a much lower cost of living index than other U.S. cities makes Nevada an even greater place to live and work. Working in Las Vegas, for example, at a mean salary of $52,780, calculates into 44.6% lower cost of living than working in New York City, 21.8% less than Chicago, and 36% less than Los Angeles, according to salary.com.
Elder care is an area where Nevada's counselors have become increasingly valuable. During the 1990s, Las Vegas became the fastest-growing city in the United States, topping the list for states with net migration of people 65 and over from 1995 to 2000. This large population of aging baby boomers has required more specialized counseling services geared to this age group.
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