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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. Compensation ranges from $29K on the lower end to $53K per year on the higher end. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Career Development Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$30,693 - $54,385
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $41,058
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$12.63 - $24.20
(Median)
$13
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,693 - $54,385  
   
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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$29,465 - $53,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$12.63 - $24.20  
   
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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$29,465 - $53,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Presentations, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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 4%

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 44 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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