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Guidance Counselor Salary (United States)

A Guidance Counselor earns an average salary of $48,297 per year.
Guidance Counselor Salary (?
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$32,713 - $74,173
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $48,296
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Guidance Counselor Salary (?
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$9.93 - $50.24
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,713 - $74,173  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$30,878 - $75,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $50.24  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$30,878 - $75,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Guidance Counselor

As a key member of a middle school or high school’s faculty and advisement staff, the guidance counselor plays a key role with assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Guidance counselors assist students in choosing appropriate class scheduling, and they must be familiar with any academic tracks and prerequisites a school system has in place. They should be able to assess individual students using test scores, reports, and one-on-one conversations to best assist the needs of each pupil.
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Guidance Counselor Tasks
  • Consult with teachers and parents to identify strengths and problems.
  • Coordinate special need services.
  • Advise students on college majors, admission requirements, financial aid and technical school options.
  • Conduct interviews and administer aptitude and interest tests.
  • Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Guidance Counselor

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$49,000
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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$49,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%