College Career Counselor Salary (United States)

College Career Counselors in the United States can typically expect wages of $44,735 per year. Compensation generally starts at $32,101 and does not exceed $71,850 per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most College Career Counselors are women (78 percent). Work is enjoyable for College Career Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
College Career Counselor Salary (?
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$33,198 - $70,642
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MEDIAN: $44,910
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College Career Counselor Salary (?
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$13.85 - $40.13
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,198 - $70,642  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
Total Pay (?
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$32,101 - $71,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 247
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$23$46$69
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $40.13  
   
Overtime
$9.83 - $68.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,548  
   
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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$32,101 - $71,850  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Pay by Experience Level for College Career Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For College Career Counselors, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $41K—can reach $46K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $49,968. As College Career Counselors reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $60K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$45,000
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Top-shelf salaries can be found in the three largest American cities: Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago all offer compensation that exceeds the national average in this field.

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Experience Affects College Career Counselor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 79 votes.

Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%