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Career Advisor Salary

For Career Advisors, yearly average wages total $41K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Career Advisors making up 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,438 - $53,564
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $41,361
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90%

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$11.38 - $23.05
(Median)
$11
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$31,438 - $53,564  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,006  
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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$29,990 - $53,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $23.05  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.41  
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 - $5,006  
   
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).
)
$29,990 - $53,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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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Job skills reported by Career Advisors are limited. Most notably, skills in Presentations, Oral / Verbal Communication, advising, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Advisor

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


Career Advisors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Career Advisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $49K.

Career Advisor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Career Advisor in Washington:
"Be Sure To Have Full Administrative Support."
Prepare a working plan, exercise the discipline of being highly organized while at the same time to be highly adaptable.

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 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Presentations
up arrow 19%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

advising
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
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: 13%