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Career Advisor Salary (United States)

With slightly less than three-fifths of Career Advisors reporting fewer than five years of experience, the average pay is $40K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair portion collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Career Advisors making up 73 percent of workers. Most Career Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Career Advisor Salary (?
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$30,896 - $52,414
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MEDIAN: $40,290
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Career Advisor Salary (?
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$11.37 - $22.75
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,896 - $52,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
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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$29,855 - $52,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.37 - $22.75  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,051  
   
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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$29,855 - $52,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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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. Oral / Verbal Communication and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Advisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Career Advisors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $41K. Career Advisors see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $47K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, most land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in eight of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Chicago
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National Average
$40,000
New York
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
With a pay rate for Career Advisors that is 10 percent greater than the national average, Atlanta offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Career Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000
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Skills That Affect Career Advisor Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Counseling
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National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 107 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 15%