Career and Employment Counselor Salary

Career and Employment Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $37K annually. Earnings sit near $29K on the lower side but can approach $64K per year on the higher side. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Career and Employment Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Career and Employment Counselors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 64 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,082 - $52,445
(Median)
$30K
$37K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,621
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$11.56 - $38.89
(Median)
$12
$18
$39
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,082 - $52,445  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
Total Pay (?
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$28,658 - $63,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $38.89  
   
Overtime
$19.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
   
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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$28,658 - $63,752  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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Job Description for Career and Employment Counselor

  • 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.
  • Interview clients and assist with setting goals, develop resumes, and prepare to enter the workforce.
  • Communicate with clients and employers to provide support services.

Common Career Paths for Career and Employment Counselor


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Career and Employment Counselors may enjoy increased earnings if they become Career Counselors. This seems to be a popular career move, and Career Counselor earn a slightly higher median of $41K annually.

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Career and Employment Counselor Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

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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Experience Affects Career and Employment Counselor Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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