An Adoption Counselor earns an average wage of $12.28 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$19,866 - $45,302
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MEDIAN: $34,995
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$9.71 - $15.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$19,866 - $45,302  
   
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$20,475 - $42,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $15.41  
   
Overtime
$19.29  
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$20,475 - $42,034  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Adoption Counselor

Adoption counselors work directly with clients, whether they are giving up a child for adoption or hoping to adopt a child themselves, and these counselors can be found in a variety of organizations, from family planning non-profit groups and private adoption agencies to government agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Adoption Counselor Tasks

  • Find foster homes, arrange adoptions and guide clients through the adoption process.
  • Provide emotional support and adoption procedure expertise to both birth and adoptive families.
  • Counsel people in all stages of the adoption process, including biological parents, interested families, and the children themselves.
  • Assess quality of home life and child care for adoptive families and foster parents.

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Experience Affects Adoption Counselor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 39%

Mid-Career
up arrow 36%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 4 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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