Guidance Counselor Salary (United States)

A Guidance Counselor earns an average salary of $47,830 per year.
Guidance Counselor Total Pay (?
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$31,300 - $72,662
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MEDIAN: $47,830
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Guidance Counselor Total Pay (?
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$9.86 - $49.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,300 - $72,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,834  
Total Pay (?
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$30,116 - $74,154  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $49.77  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,834  
   
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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$30,116 - $74,154  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%
Experienced
up arrow 9%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$48,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%
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Gender
Female
80%
female alumni
 
Male
20%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
11%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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