Career Counselor Salary

Career Counselors command the highest salaries in California; the three top-paying cities are San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Career Counselors making up 79 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Career Counselors. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,766 - $57,745
$34K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,012
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$14.27 - $43.64
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$44
MEDIAN: $19.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,766 - $57,745  
   
Bonus
$1,048  
Total Pay (?
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$32,782 - $60,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.27 - $43.64  
   
Overtime
$30.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,048  
   
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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$32,782 - $60,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Career Counselor


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Career Counselors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Assistant Director of Career Services. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Career Counselor


The biggest paychecks can be found at Serco — the median salary there is $37K.

Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Career Counselors report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Program Development, Human Resources, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication, Leadership, and Public Speaking. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in Training and Assessment. Most people skilled in Presentations 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher 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 $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Career Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $57K.

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Key Stats for Career Counselor

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

▲15%

▲3%

National Average
$42,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Program Management
▲7%

Program Development
▲3%


Human Resources
▲2%

National Average
$42,000

▼1%


Teaching
▼1%

Training
▼1%

Career Counseling
▼2%


Assessment
▼4%

advising
▼4%

Leadership
▼4%

Public Speaking
▼4%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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