For Guidance Counselors, yearly average wages total $48K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,677 - $74,856
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$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,169
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$10.31 - $49.81
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$34,677 - $74,856  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$33,457 - $75,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $49.81  
   
Overtime
$22.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$33,457 - $75,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 31

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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

  • Observe and evaluate children during classroom and play activities.
  • Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations.
  • Help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems.
  • Evaluate student abilities, interest and talents to develop academic and career goals.
  • Coordinate special need services.

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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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Guidance Counselors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $42K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $46K. On average, Guidance Counselors make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $64K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for Guidance Counselor

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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