Median pay for Career Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Career Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,538 - $57,755
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$34K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,753
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$14.11 - $44.81
(Median)
$14
$19
$45
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,538 - $57,755  
   
Bonus
$1,048  
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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$32,517 - $60,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 480
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.11 - $44.81  
   
Overtime
$28.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,048  
   
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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$32,517 - $60,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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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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 attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $37K.

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, Human Resources, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Case Management, and Leadership. Most people who know Presentations also know Assessment. Most people familiar with Counseling also know Training and Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

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


Career Counselors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $40K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $43K. Career Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%



National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Training
up arrow 13%

Program Management
up arrow 8%

Human Resources
up arrow 3%

Presentations
up arrow 2%

Counseling
0%

Teaching
0%

National Average
$42,000

Career Counseling
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Assessment
up arrow 3%

advising
up arrow 3%

Public Speaking
up arrow 3%

Leadership
up arrow 5%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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