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 $39K annually. Total cash compensation to Career Development Specialists approaches anywhere from $31K on the lower end to $68K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Career Development Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Most Career Development Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,761 - $70,700
$31K
$39K
$71K
MEDIAN: $39,271
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$14.22 - $28.60
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,761 - $70,700  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,528  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$30,626 - $68,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 157
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $28.60  
   
Overtime
$24.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,528  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$30,626 - $68,122  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Career Development Specialist


Career Development Specialists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Training Program Development, Counseling, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Case Management. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Development Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Career Development Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Career Development Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 123 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Career Development Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Career Development Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 34 salaries. A Career Development Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 10 salaries.

Career Development Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Career Development Specialist

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

▲22%

▲1%

National Average
$39,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

Human Resources
▲10%

Training Program Development
▲2%

▲1%

Presentations
▼0%

National Average
$39,000


Case Management
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 12%
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