Career Advisor Salary

The average Career Advisor in the United States earns approximately $42K annually. Pay ranges from $30K on the low end to $55K per year on the high end. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Career Advisors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,297 - $54,744
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,554
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$11.98 - $25.41
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,297 - $54,744  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,457 - $55,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 323
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $25.41  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,457 - $55,061  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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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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Survey results suggest that Career Advisors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Community Outreach / Activism, Presentations, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include advising. Those with knowledge of advising tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Advisor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Career Advisors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Career Advisors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $49K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Career Advisor Reviews

What is it like working as a Career Advisor?

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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 9%

Presentations
up arrow 6%

Community Outreach / Activism
up arrow 6%

Public Speaking
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

advising
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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