Career Advisors in the United States take home an average $41K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women make up the vast majority of Career Advisors (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,093 - $55,885
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$32K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,413
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$11.91 - $26.85
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,093 - $55,885  
   
Bonus
$2,200  
Total Pay (?
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$30,895 - $56,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $26.85  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$2,200  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,895 - $56,183  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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Job Description for Career Advisor

Career advisors help students and/or other job seekers find opportunities and training to secure employment within their chosen field. They help clients find the right career choices by analyzing their skills, interests, and mental and physical aptitudes for various professions. Career advisors also help their clients perfect job hunting techniques, create effective resumes, and develop interview skills.

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Career Advisor Tasks

  • Maintain relationships with local employers in order to create links between students and companies that can lead to eventual employment or internship opportunities.
  • Conduct mock interviews and assist students with the creation of resumes and cover letters.
  • Counsel students on career planning and job search strategies while facilitating the creation of viable long-term career goals.
  • Arrange job fairs, seminars, and lectures that will connect students to companies and provide valuable information regarding future career options.

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Pay by Experience Level for Career Advisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Career Advisors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Career Advisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

Career Advisor Reviews

What is it like working as a Career Advisor?

Career Advisor in Hillsboro:
"Set your own schedule, independent work, out of office,"
Pros: I get to help adults with disabilities find jobs.
Cons: I have to manage a very diverse base of clients with multiple mental or physical barriers. It is very stressful and requires a lot of flexibility in scheduling appointments and tracking client progress. I have to be a cheerleader and mother hen.... Sometimes even a little bit of Tough Love comes into play when a client is having trouble focusing on the task. I am also the link between the employment community and my clients. I have to keep up on job openings and make sure that job applications are finished correctly.

Career Advisor in Roanoke:
Pros: Direct interaction with students and the ability to see the "light bulb go off." I enjoy working in the higher education environment.
Cons: Some politics/bureaucracy which can be true in any organization. Limited scope to my function with students.

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Experience Affects Career Advisor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Program Development
up arrow 10%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 6%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Presentations
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

advising
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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