Career Counselor Salary

Career Counselors in the United States earn an average of $42K per year; salaries are particularly strong in San Francisco, where workers earn around $64K. Career Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,358 - $56,592
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,517
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$13.28 - $39.57
(Median)
$13
$19
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,358 - $56,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
Total Pay (?
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$30,796 - $58,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 537
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $39.57  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $48.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$30,796 - $58,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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 Skills for Career Counselor


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Training, Program Management, Event Planning, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management, Public Speaking, and Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in Training and Assessment. Most people familiar with Presentations also know Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $40K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Career Counselors make a median salary of $48K. As Career Counselors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $56K.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 10%

Program Management
up arrow 9%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Presentations
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$41,000

Career Counseling
up arrow 1%

Teaching
up arrow 2%

Assessment
up arrow 4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Public Speaking
up arrow 7%

Case Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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