Career Counselor Salary

Earnings for Career Counselors in the United States come in at around $41K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $31K on the lower end to $60K per year on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Career Counselors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of Career Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,991 - $57,645
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,126
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$13.38 - $39.21
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$13
$19
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,991 - $57,645  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,663  
Total Pay (?
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$30,583 - $59,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471
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Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $39.21  
   
Overtime
$21.36 - $58.96  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,663  
   
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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$30,583 - $59,687  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103

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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.

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Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Training, Program Management, Event Planning, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management, Public Speaking, and Oral / Verbal Communication. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

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


Career Counselors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $41K. For Career Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Career Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $57K.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 12%

Program Management
up arrow 10%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Presentations
up arrow 1%

Career Counseling
0%

National Average
$41,000

Teaching
up arrow 2%

Assessment
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Public Speaking
up arrow 12%

Case Management
up arrow 18%

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
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
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%