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Guidance Counselor Salary

Pay for Guidance Counselors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $32K, and the higher rates verge on $74K 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 the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Guidance Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Guidance Counselors who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$33,618 - $72,791
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MEDIAN: $47,808
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$9.93 - $50.24
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,618 - $72,791  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Total Pay (?
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$32,080 - $74,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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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 - $3,091  
   
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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$32,080 - $74,256  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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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Many Guidance Counselors move into a Secondary School Guidance Counselor role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Secondary School Guidance Counselors on average bring in a similar salary to Guidance Counselors.

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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 compensation for more plentiful past experience. The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $50K. Guidance Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $71K on average.

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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%