Career Counselor Salary

Career Counselors earn around $42K per year on average in the United States, but employers pay the most in San Francisco, offering approximately $64K at the median. Career Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,473 - $56,274

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$13.30 - $39.51

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,473 - $56,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,537  
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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$30,925 - $57,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $39.51  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $48.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,537  
   
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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$30,925 - $57,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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 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 Skills for Career Counselor


Survey results imply that Career Counselors deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. Most people skilled in Presentations are similarly competent in Assessment. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $40K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $42K. For Career Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $56K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 10%

Program Management
up arrow 9%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

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 115 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: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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