Entry-Level Career Counselor Salary

Entry-Level Career Counselors pull down an average of $40K per year. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Entry-Level Career Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$33,117 - $51,734
$33K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $40,498
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$13.54 - $26.43
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$26
MEDIAN: $16.97
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$33,117 - $51,734  
   
Bonus
$491.32  
Total Pay (?
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$31,846 - $52,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 286
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $26.43  
   
Overtime
$23.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$491.32  
   
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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$31,846 - $52,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,161

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Career Counselors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Career Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), Denver (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Career Counselor's salary, with Austin Entry-Level Career Counselors earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

Career Counselor Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Career Counselor in Indianapolis:
Choose a university with resources and a reputation of well run offices and upward mobility. Otherwise, the higher ed system will frustrate you with its lack of nimbleness and ability to offer good services within an appropriate amount of time.

Key Stats for Career Counselor

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
79%
5-9 years
15%
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Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Leadership
▲4%


Event Planning
▲1%

Teaching
▲1%

Assessment
▲1%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

advising
▼1%

Case Management
▼2%

Public Speaking
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 10%