Career Counselor Salary (United States)

51 percent of Career Counselors report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $40,936 annually on average. Compensation starts at $30,553 and can reach $59,199 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Career Counselor Salary (?
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$31,076 - $57,087
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MEDIAN: $40,901
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Career Counselor Salary (?
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$13.15 - $40.32
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$31,076 - $57,087  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
Total Pay (?
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$30,553 - $59,199  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 401
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$13.15 - $40.32  
   
Overtime
$20.64 - $61.04  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $3,649  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,553 - $59,199  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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 results show that Career Counselors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Training, Program Management, Event Planning, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 10 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of Training and Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Career Counselors, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Career Counselors in the early stages of their career don't see a large increase in pay for the first decade—salary tends to grow from $39K to just $41K. Earnings total $49K after one to two decades. Career Counselors experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—most of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Houston
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Los Angeles
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Chicago
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Portland
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Seattle
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Minneapolis
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New York
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Boston
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National Average
$41,000
Austin
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Atlanta
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With a pay rate for Career Counselors that is 52 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Houston, Los Angeles, Portland, and Chicago also offer top salaries for Career Counselors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 22 percent, 20 percent, 19 percent, and 19 percent more, respectively. In Atlanta, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
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Program Management
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Event Planning
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Counseling
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Career Counseling
0%
National Average
$41,000
Presentations
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Assessment
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
82%
female alumni
 
Male
18%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 15%
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