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Career Counselor Salary (United States)

Close to one-half of Career Counselors report fewer than five years in the field, and the median pay in this field is about $41K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $31K and $59K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The vast majority (82 percent) of Career Counselors are female. Job satisfaction for Career Counselors is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,076 - $57,087  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
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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$30,553 - $59,199  
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
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,649  
   
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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$30,553 - $59,199  
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

Career Counselors report using a wide range of professional 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed 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. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $39K, 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 $49K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in ten.

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. Career Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Portland (+19 percent), and Chicago (+19 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average.

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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%