An average Career and Employment Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K per year. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 82 percent of Career and Employment Counselors are female. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,087 - $61,277
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$41K
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MEDIAN: $40,940
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$11.92 - $34.33
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,087 - $61,277  
   
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$30,779 - $64,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $34.33  
   
Overtime
$19.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$30,779 - $64,842  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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Job Description for Career and Employment Counselor

  • Interview clients and assist with setting goals, develop resumes, and prepare to enter the workforce.
  • Communicate with clients and employers to provide support services.
  • Understand and apply regulations, laws, and available federal programs to ensure fair and legal access and support.
  • Create job search plans and connect clients with appropriate assistance and agencies.

Common Career Paths for Career and Employment Counselor


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Career and Employment Counselors who transition into an upper level Career Counselor position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Career Counselor makes $41K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Career and Employment Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $41K.

Career and Employment Counselor Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Career and Employment Counselor?

Career and Employment Counselor in Houston:
"Understand that the client really is key to your success."
Be aware of, and accept that everyone does not want to grow, improve, or change. Give all you have to those that are hungry and need to find that perfect job or career. Step back and reevaluate as needed, don't take things so seriously or you will experience burnout.

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Key Stats for Career and Employment Counselor

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
035
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Career and Employment Counselor Salaries

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Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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