Career Development Specialist Salary

Career Development Specialists aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $41K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $29K, and the higher rates verge on $53K per year. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Career Development Specialists. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Career Development Specialists making up 78 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,645 - $54,991
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,962
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$12.67 - $24.14
(Median)
$13
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,645 - $54,991  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
Total Pay (?
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$29,471 - $53,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $24.14  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$29,471 - $53,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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Professional skills reported by Career Development Specialists are few in number. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Presentations, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Counseling and Case Management.

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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Presentations
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%
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