Guidance Counselor Salary
|Salary||$34,609 - $76,395|
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|$33,456 - $75,593|
|Hourly Rate||$10.19 - $27.60|
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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.Read More...
Guidance counselors also assess behavioral or social problems that individual pupils may be experiencing that affect their studies, other students, and teachers. They must be aware of indicators and cues related to the student and be able to use these to assess the child's needs regarding further counseling or even medical care. Counselors make recommendations to parents and/or guardians, as well as to the school’s administration, regarding the management of students in crisis for the benefit and safety of all pupils in the school.
To work as a guidance counselor, an individual must typically possess a bachelor's degree in education, psychology, or sociology from an accredited institution. Most states and districts also require state-issued certification in addition to this education requirement. Guidance counselors typically work weekdays during school hours, although a typical day extends to a few hours before and after classes take place.
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.
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
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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