Career Counselor Salary

The market for Career Counselors is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Pay generally varies between $31K and $58K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. The vast majority of Career Counselors (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,816 - $56,673
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $41,573
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90%

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$13.23 - $39.91
(Median)
$13
$19
$40
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,816 - $56,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
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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$31,006 - $58,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.23 - $39.91  
   
Overtime
$28.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,551  
   
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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$31,006 - $58,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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 Employer Salaries for Career Counselor


Serco, Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $38K, though there is little variation overall ($33K to $44K).

Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Career Counselors seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Human Resources, Training, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Case Management, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Public Speaking. Most people familiar with Counseling also know Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $40K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Career Counselors make a median salary of $48K. As Career Counselors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $56K.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Human Resources
up arrow 33%

Training
up arrow 11%

Program Management
up arrow 9%

Counseling
0%

Presentations
0%

National Average
$41,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Teaching
up arrow 1%

Career Counseling
up arrow 1%

Assessment
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%

Case Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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