High School Counselor Salary

The average High School Counselor in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Earnings sit near $34K on the lower side but can approach $75K per year on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female High School Counselors making up 78 percent. For the most part, High School Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$35,891 - $74,093
MEDIAN: $50,918

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$35,891 - $74,093  
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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).
$33,627 - $74,961  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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Job Description for High School Counselor

  • 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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High School Counselors often transition into a School Counselor position. School Counselors report a slightly lower median income of $43K.

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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.

For many High School Counselors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. High School Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $68K on average.

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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


78 %
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 9%