Career Development Specialist Salary

Pay for Career Development Specialists in the United States is very modest at just $41K per year. Pay generally varies between $29K and $53K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Career Development Specialists is high. Female Career Development Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$30,645 - $54,991
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,962
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$12.67 - $24.14
(Median)
$13
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,645 - $54,991  
   
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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$29,471 - $53,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$12.67 - $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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$29,471 - $53,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Career Development Specialists report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Presentations, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Counseling and Case Management.

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Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

National Average
$39,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Presentations
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 10%

Counseling
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 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
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 11%
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