Career Advisor Salary

For Career Advisors, yearly average wages total $42K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $30K, and the top verges on $55K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Career Advisors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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 (?
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Career Advisor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $49K on average.

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 21%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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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
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Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

advising
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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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