Guidance Counselor Salary

An average Guidance Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $48K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $73K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Guidance Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,308 - $72,215
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,710
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$9.96 - $41.67
(Median)
$10
$17
$42
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,308 - $72,215  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
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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$32,198 - $73,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $41.67  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
   
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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$32,198 - $73,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Guidance Counselors who transition into an upper level Secondary School Guidance Counselor position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Secondary School Guidance Counselor makes $46K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Guidance Counselor

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


For many Guidance Counselors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $43K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $49K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Guidance Counselors make a median salary of $54K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%
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