For High School Counselors, yearly average wages total $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. More than half of High School Counselors (69 percent) survey participants are women. Job satisfaction for High School Counselors is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$34,190 - $70,203
(Median)
$34K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,296
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,190 - $70,203  
   
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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$31,551 - $71,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$15.39  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$31,551 - $71,109  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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Job Description for High School Counselor

High school counselors serve an important role in the education system by helping students improve academically as well as emotionally throughout what can be a turbulent phase of their lives. Good high school counselors should be visible members of their schools' faculty systems and well-known to the students they serve, as they assess the emotional climate of the school's various sociological groupings and help to identify and assist students with the help of teachers and administration.

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High School Counselor Tasks

  • Evaluate student abilities, interest and talents to develop academic and career goals.
  • Conduct interviews and administer aptitude and interest tests.
  • Help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems.
  • Advise students on college majors, admission requirements, financial aid and technical school options.
  • Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations.

Common Career Paths for High School Counselor


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Many High School Counselors move into School Counselor roles. School Counselors seem to make a little less than High School Counselors as their salaries average out to $44K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for High School Counselor

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


High School Counselors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $44K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $57K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $65K.

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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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