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 $41K annually. Pay ranges from $29K on the low end to $53K per year on the high end. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Career Development Specialists making up 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Career Development Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,289 - $54,446
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$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,787
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$12.23 - $24.05
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$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,289 - $54,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,250  
Total Pay (?
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$29,150 - $53,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$12.23 - $24.05  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,250  
   
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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$29,150 - $53,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36

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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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Survey takers who work as Career Development Specialists typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Presentations, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Counseling, Case Management, and Presentations.

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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Presentations
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 12%