Guidance Counselor Salary (United States)

Guidance Counselors in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $48,562 per year. Pay starts at $30,878 and can approach $75,364 per year on the higher side. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and more than half earn vision coverage. For the most part, Guidance Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Guidance Counselor Salary (?
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$32,713 - $74,173
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Guidance Counselor Salary (?
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$9.93 - $50.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
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$32,713 - $74,173  
   
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$0.00 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
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$30,878 - $75,364  
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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  
   
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$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Total Pay (?
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$30,878 - $75,364  
PayScale
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.

Common Career Paths for Guidance Counselor

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For Guidance Counselors, career advancements do not correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Guidance Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Secondary Guidance Counselor.

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Pay by Experience Level for Guidance Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Guidance Counselors generally obtain higher salaries for more plentiful past experience. Salaries increase to $50K from around $42K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $53K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Guidance Counselors tend to earn $77K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 26 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Guidance Counselors, 13 percent higher than the national average. Guidance Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+11 percent) and Philadelphia (+3 percent).

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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
81%
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Male
19%
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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%
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