Guidance Counselor Salary

A Guidance Counselor earns an average salary of $47,202 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
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$34,175 - $72,021
(Median)
$34K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,201
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$10.00 - $41.37
(Median)
$10
$19
$41
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$34,175 - $72,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,309  
Total Pay (?
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$32,101 - $73,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $41.37  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,309  
   
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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$32,101 - $73,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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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 49%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

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 44 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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