A Guidance Counselor earns an average salary of $47,372 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field.
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$34,861 - $72,268
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$35K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,371
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$10.42 - $48.96
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$18
$49
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,861 - $72,268  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$33,689 - $72,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.42 - $48.96  
   
Overtime
$22.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$33,689 - $72,605  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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.

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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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