High School Counselor Salary

High School Counselors in the United States take home approximately $49K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up a slight majority of High School Counselors (58 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for High School Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,872 - $69,694
$35K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,098
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$14.00 - $28.46
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MEDIAN: $19.65
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Salary $34,872 - $69,694
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$34,345 - $69,488
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 106
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $19.65
Overtime $30.00
Annual Data $0$69K
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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).
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$34,345 - $69,488
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • 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

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

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

Pay by Experience for a High School Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level High School Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 75 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A High School Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced High School Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 17 salaries. A High School Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 14 salaries.

High School Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a High School Counselor?

High School Counselor in Monterey:
"Rewarding, make a difference, communication, culture, guidan."
Pros: I love people, especially young people because they have a tendency to be straightforward, opinionated, open-minded, impressionable. I love to work with young people from all cultures and walks of life. Every individual is different and unique and has grown through different personal experiences and walks of life. I like to think that I am able to provide my students with the personal tools that they need to succeed. These needs vary significantly from student to student and it is up to me to accurately assess the best future course of action for each student individually. It can be very gratifying to know that you had a hand in adequately preparing and informing them about college and possible future career paths leading to happy successful lives!
Cons: The times when I am not sure that I was able to make a positive difference in a young persons life, average pay, limited supplies at times due to lack of local school system supplies and teaching aides.

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Key Stats for High School Counselor

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 8%
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