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Career Advisor Salary

For Career Advisors, annual average wages total $41K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Career Advisors survey respondents are women (75 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Career Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,317 - $53,124
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,730
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$11.34 - $22.67
(Median)
$11
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$31,317 - $53,124  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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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$29,975 - $53,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 307
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $22.67  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
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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$29,975 - $53,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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 takers who work as Career Advisors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Presentations and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 11 percent, respectively.

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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $41K. Career Advisors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $49K.

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 22%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Presentations
up arrow 20%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 11%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

advising
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 14%