Career and Employment Counselors in the United States take home approximately $41K annually on average. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, close to one-fifth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Career and Employment Counselors (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$31,924 - $63,616
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$32K
$41K
$64K
MEDIAN: $41,485
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$12.50 - $34.83
(Median)
$12
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,924 - $63,616  
   
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$30,954 - $66,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $34.83  
   
Overtime
$35.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$30,954 - $66,158  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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 who go on to become Career Counselors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Career Counselor, an upper-level role, pays $41K.

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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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Career and Employment Counselors make a median salary of $48K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $41K.

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

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

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