College Career Counselor Salary

College Career Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $48K annually. Earnings generally vary between $34K and $78K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for College Career Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female College Career Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,642 - $75,368
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,090
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$14.69 - $49.84
(Median)
$15
$21
$50
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,642 - $75,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$34,006 - $77,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 220
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.69 - $49.84  
   
Overtime
$12.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
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).
)
$34,006 - $77,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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Job Description for College Career Counselor

A college career counselor works in a college or university, helping students identify a career path that best fits their interests, experience, and major. They must also discuss the requirements for particular careers with students, and they must have contacts and resources for any additional student needs; this might include resources related to additional counseling and interview preparation, among other areas. Some college career counselor positions may require providing students with personal counseling as well. Generally, these counselors work full time in an office setting on a college or university campus.

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College Career Counselor Tasks

  • Administer, analyze and interpret skills and aptitude tests.
  • Identify and connect students with training, mentors and other opportunities.
  • Interview students to develop career plans and work towards the requirements.
  • Support students in attaining and maintaining emotional well-being.

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College Career Counselors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Oral / Verbal Communication and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 3 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Counseling to be familiar with Oral / Verbal Communication as well.

Pay by Experience Level for College Career Counselor

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


For many College Career Counselors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. College Career Counselors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $42K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $49K. College Career Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $69K.

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Experience Affects College Career Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect College Career Counselor Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 13%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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