Career Counselor Salary

Demand for Career Counselors runs highest in California; the three top-paying cities in the United States are San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Pay ranges from $31K on the low end to $58K per year on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career length and the individual firm. Female Career Counselors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,816 - $56,673
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,573
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$13.23 - $39.91
(Median)
$13
$19
$40
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,816 - $56,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
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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$31,006 - $58,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $39.91  
   
Overtime
$28.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
   
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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$31,006 - $58,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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Job Description for Career Counselor

Career counselors help their clients find appropriate career paths and available positions. Their duties include administering personality, interest and aptitude tests; advising students and other clients on particular courses and educational requirements for different jobs; discuss options with clients who want a career change; and evaluate clients' educational and work backgrounds. These counselors also help clients find the right schools and programs for their needs, help find financial resources and training programs, teach and practice job skills, and perform other duties related to aiding clients in their job search.

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Career Counselor Tasks

  • Assist in resume and application preparation and submission.
  • Work with employers to create networks for internships, job shadowing and employment.
  • Create a schedule of events to connect students to job opportunities and to develop skills.
  • Work with individuals and groups to identify skills and improve hiring potential.
  • Maintain print and web resources for students and employers.

Common Career Paths for Career Counselor


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As Career Counselors transition into upper-level roles like Assistant Directors of Career Services, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Assistant Directors of Career Services earn the same amount as Career Counselors on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Career Counselor


Serco, Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $38K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $33K and maxing out at just $44K.

Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Survey results imply that Career Counselors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Training, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Public Speaking. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

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


For Career Counselors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $40K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $42K. Career Counselors bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $56K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 33%

Training
up arrow 11%

Program Management
up arrow 9%

Counseling
0%

Presentations
0%

National Average
$41,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Teaching
up arrow 1%

Career Counseling
up arrow 1%

Assessment
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Case Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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