Guidance Counselor Salary

An average Guidance Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $48K per year. Pay ranges from $34K on the low end to $73K per year on the high end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Guidance Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Guidance Counselors (81 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,834 - $71,397
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,670
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$10.14 - $50.74
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$51
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,834 - $71,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,338  
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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$33,906 - $72,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 452
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $50.74  
   
Overtime
$19.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,338  
   
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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$33,906 - $72,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $44K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $52K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $68K.

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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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