Career Development Specialist Salary

Those pursuing careers as Career Development Specialists in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K per year. Pay generally varies between $30K and $54K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Career Development Specialists survey respondents are women (75 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$31,148 - $54,712
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$31K
$40K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,450
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$13.26 - $24.73
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$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,148 - $54,712  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$30,272 - $54,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$13.26 - $24.73  
   
Overtime
$19.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$30,272 - $54,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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Job Description for Career Development Specialist

Career development specialists are hired primarily by universities, but they are also employed by staffing companies and other organizations. Most organizations are searching for applicants who have at least a bachelor's degree in counseling or a related field, although a master's degree is often preferred. Prior experience in the field is helpful, but not a strict requirement.

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Career Development Specialist Tasks

  • Evaluate career or job readiness, administer tests and surveys .
  • Provide job search training and career strategies.
  • Develop job and internship opportunities through relationships with employers.
  • Maintain contact pre- and post-job placement.

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Career Development Specialists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Training Program Development, Presentations, Counseling, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management and Oral / Verbal Communication. It is not unusual for someone who knows Counseling to be familiar with Oral / Verbal Communication as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Development Specialist

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $38K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Career Development Specialists make a median salary of $41K. Career Development Specialists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K.

Career Development Specialist Advice

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

Career Development Specialist in Lexington:
"In HR you need to be a generalist before you specialize."
Always be learning! Keep your national certifications up to date. Add coaching certifications. Be active on Linked In.

What is it like working as a Career Development Specialist?

Career Development Specialist in Anderson:
"Counseling."
Pros: I enjoy it I help others to find a career path and training if needed. If not I work to find them employment.
Cons: Pay.

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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

Training Program Development
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Presentations
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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