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Career Counselor Salary

The average salary for Career Counselors in the United States is $41K per year, and pay runs especially high in San Francisco, where the average is $64K. Career Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,978 - $57,308
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$31K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,156
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$13.35 - $39.34
(Median)
$13
$19
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,978 - $57,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,677  
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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$30,569 - $59,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $39.34  
   
Overtime
$21.36 - $58.96  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,677  
   
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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$30,569 - $59,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 101

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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 see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Assistant Director of Career Services. Assistant Directors of Career Services on average make about as much as Career Counselors do.

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Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Career Counselors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Training, Program Management, Event Planning, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management, Public Speaking, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. 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 36%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 12%

Program Management
up arrow 9%

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 114 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 15%
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