Why is the salary so low for LPCs? What is with this?

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  1. studentcounselor

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    Is there anyone out there living comfortably on this salary? Homeowners, foreign cars? Lol I am hopeful that the national reported salary is not a true guideline considering the many different levels of counselors?
     
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    Learn to live frugally
     
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    Welcome to the real world.
     
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    Yes you can make a nice living. You need to more than likely own a group practice though...
     
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    The average is around 60k, which is about 33% more than the average worker in the US. As an intern who drives a decent performance car (could have gotten a 3 series instead but nah) and owns my own home on around 50k/yr, yeah you can live a pretty normal middle class life on that salary unless you're in a big city or extremely high COL area. A spouse will make your life far better financially if they are working and making a similar income.
     
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    All of the high earning LPCs I know are very savvy marketers and self employed. They are the far tail of the distribution though, and that is not to suggest that everyone can or should emulate them.
     

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