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Career Counselor Salary

Median pay for Career Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $41K annually. Pay generally varies between $30K and $60K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Career Counselors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 81 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,902 - $57,601
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,983
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$13.13 - $39.45
(Median)
$13
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,902 - $57,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
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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$30,389 - $59,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 437
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $39.45  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $60.00  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
   
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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$30,389 - $59,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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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Career Counselors may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Assistant Director of Career Services offer money in line with Career Counselors.

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Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Training, Program Management, Event Planning, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management and Oral / Verbal Communication. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Career Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $42K. Career Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 13%

Program Management
up arrow 10%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Presentations
0%

Career Counseling
0%

National Average
$41,000

Assessment
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Case Management
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%