Guidance Counselor Salary

The average Guidance Counselor in the United States earns approximately $49K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Guidance Counselors is high. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 81 percent of Guidance Counselors are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$34,609 - $76,395
$35K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,581
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$10.19 - $27.60
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$28
MEDIAN: $17.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,609 - $76,395  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$33,456 - $75,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $27.60  
   
Overtime
$22.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$33,456 - $75,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 28

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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $42K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $47K on average. Guidance Counselors bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Guidance Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $63K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,955

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for Guidance Counselors, 45 percent above the national average. Guidance Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent) and Boston (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Philadelphia (13 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Guidance Counselor

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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