Career Development Specialist Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Career Development Specialists in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $41K annually. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $53K per year on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Career Development Specialists. Most Career Development Specialists survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,676 - $54,899

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$12.99 - $24.14

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,676 - $54,899  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
Total Pay (?
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$29,684 - $53,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $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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$29,684 - $53,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Job skills reported by Career Development Specialists are limited. Most notably, skills in Presentations, Oral / Verbal Communication, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Counseling and Case Management.

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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Presentations
up arrow 1%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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