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Career Advisor Salary

Earnings for Career Advisors in the United States come in at around $41K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Career Advisors survey respondents are women (76 percent). Most Career Advisors report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,352 - $53,499
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $41,255
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90%

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$11.40 - $22.99
(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
$31,352 - $53,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,022  
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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$29,908 - $53,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 304
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $22.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.56  
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 - $5,022  
   
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).
)
$29,908 - $53,621  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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Professional skills reported by Career Advisors are few in number. 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.


For Career Advisors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. Career Advisors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Presentations
up arrow 17%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 10%

advising
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 13%
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