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Guidance Counselor Salary

Median pay for Guidance Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K per year. Earnings generally vary between $32K and $74K per year. Career length and the particular city 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. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Guidance Counselors (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,957 - $72,192
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,594
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$10.07 - $41.89
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$42
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,957 - $72,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
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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$31,929 - $73,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $41.89  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
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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$31,929 - $73,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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 go on to become Secondary School Guidance Counselors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Secondary School Guidance Counselor, an upper-level role, pays $46K.

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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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Guidance Counselors. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $43K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $49K. Guidance Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

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 43 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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