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Career Development Specialist Salary

Pay for Career Development Specialists in the United States is very modest at just $41K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $29K and $53K per year. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction for Career Development Specialists is high. Most Career Development Specialists survey respondents are women (74 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$30,000 - $53,541
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,535
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$11.75 - $23.23
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,000 - $53,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$29,052 - $52,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $23.23  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
   
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).
)
$29,052 - $52,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 34
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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 usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Presentations, Counseling, and Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Case Management and Counseling.

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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Presentations
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 11%