Career Counselor Salary

Career Counselors in the United States earn an average of $41K per year, and top pay can be found in San Francisco, where the average is $64K. Career Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Portland (+15 percent), and Seattle (+10 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,441 - $56,578
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,479
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90%

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$13.28 - $39.57
(Median)
$13
$19
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,441 - $56,578  
   
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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$30,851 - $58,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 548
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $39.57  
   
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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$30,851 - $58,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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


Survey results imply that Career Counselors deploy 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management, Public Speaking, and Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people skilled in Counseling are similarly competent in Training and Assessment. Those who learned Presentations also tend to know Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Career Counselors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $40K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $42K. Career Counselors bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Career Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $56K.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 11%

Program Management
up arrow 9%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Presentations
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$41,000

Teaching
up arrow 1%

Career Counseling
up arrow 1%

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 116 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: 14%
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