Guidance Counselor Salary

For Guidance Counselors, annual average wages total $48K per year. Pay generally varies between $34K and $73K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Guidance Counselors (81 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,834 - $71,397
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,670
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$10.14 - $50.74
(Median)
$10
$20
$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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For Guidance Counselors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Guidance Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Secondary School Guidance Counselor.

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Pay by Experience Level for Guidance Counselor

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $44K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $47K. Guidance Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $68K on average.

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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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