#PostThePay - Resources for Employers

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#PostThePay in support of fair wage and employment practices for counselors and therapists

#PostThePayMany job listings for counselors and therapists fail to include specific information about what the job pays. This leads applicants and employers alike to waste time on applicants who wouldn't accept the pay if offered the job. It's part of the broader employment culture for mental health professionals that keeps wages low. It also raises concerns about possible wage discrimination, when some employees are paid more than others in similar positions and they don't have a clear explanation for the difference.
As an employer, you benefit when you #PostThePay. You avoid wasting time on applicants who would not actually take the job if offered. You demonstrate that you are willing to compete for the most qualified applicants (if not on pay, then on other areas where you offer unique benefits, such as outstanding supervision or the opportunity to be part of a particular mission). You protect yourself against wage inequity or discrimination complaints. And perhaps most importantly, you show that your workplace is part of the solution to wage and employment concerns for mental health professionals.
Here are several steps you can take to show your support for the #PostThePay movement.

Job announcements

Of course, the easiest and best solution to a request that you #PostThePay is to simply do so -- to add a note to any job announcements on social media or elsewhere indicating what the pay for a position is. You also can add a statement like

We proudly #PostThePay in support of fair wage and employment practices for counselors and therapists. 

We #PostThePay and do not discriminate in our wage and employment practices. 

There are a variety of good reasons why you may not be able to post a single, specific pay rate for a position when the position is announced. Pay may be dependent on licensure status, years of experience, or other factors. In those cases, we would simply ask that you post a range and clearly indicate why some applicants may be paid more than others. 

Social media

Even if you don't have any positions available right now, you can show your support for wage equality and transparency. Your followers might appreciate messages like:

We proudly #PostThePay in support of fair wage and employment practices for counselors and therapists. 

We #PostThePay in our job announcements, and join in requesting that other employers of counselors and therapists do the same.

We #PostThePay and oppose wage discrimination.

We support the #PostThePay movement in mental health care. 

Of course, you're welcome to tag us (@bencaldwelllabs) in such posts if you like. We always are happy to see employers supporting fair wage and employment practices for mental health professionals.


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#PostThePay home
#PostThePay resources for Employers
#PostThePay resources for Therapists and Counselors

Useful articles

There are a number of employment issues in mental health care that you may want more information on. Here are a few, and you can always email us with suggestions for others we should add here:

California no prohibits employers from asking about salary history, requires them to provide applicants salary range
University of California San Francisco ordered to pay back wages to Psychology intern
The six-point test for whether an unpaid internship is legal

However you want to do so, we hope you'll join us in this effort. Thanks!