The average pay for a Guidance Counselor, Secondary School is $52,897 per year.

$35,234 - $79,029
MEDIAN: $52,897

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$35,234 - $79,029  
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$34,698 - $78,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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Job Description for Guidance Counselor, Secondary School

A guidance counselor in a secondary school works with preteen and/or teenage students and gives them emotional support. A secondary school may consist of a middle school or a high school. It is important to enjoy working with other people, since the majority of the job is working with others. The guidance counselor may help students deal with emotional and behavioral problems.


Guidance Counselor, Secondary School Tasks

  • Evaluate student abilities, interest and talents to develop academic and career goals.
  • Conduct interviews and administer aptitude and interest tests.
  • Help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems.
  • Advise students on college majors, admission requirements, financial aid and technical school options.
  • Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations.

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Guidance Counselor, Secondary School Advice

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

Guidance Counselor, Secondary School in Phoenix:
"Money Isn't Everything."
This is a career that does not pay very much in dollars, but there are non-quantifiable personal rewards in helping a young person succeed in life. Having said that, I would recommend that you work to move across the salary pay scale ASAP by taking professional growth credits.

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 5%