A Career Counselor earns an average salary of $40,509 per year. A skill in Recruiting is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
Career Counselor Total Pay (?
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$30,730 - $58,114
(Median)
31K
41K
46K
58K
MEDIAN: $40,509
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Career Counselor Total Pay (?
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$12.74 - $40.66
(Median)
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19
27
41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,730 - $58,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,172  
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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$30,397 - $62,275  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.74 - $40.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,172  
   
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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$30,397 - $62,275  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 390
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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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Houston
up arrow 17%
Austin
up arrow 13%
Los Angeles
up arrow 13%
New York
up arrow 7%
National Average
$41,000
Boston
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Atlanta
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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
National Average
$41,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Recruiting
up arrow 18%
Counseling
up arrow 2%
Presentations
0%
National Average
$41,000
Assessment
up arrow 1%
Case Management
up arrow 4%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 99 votes.
Gender
Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
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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