High School Counselors in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. High School Counselors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,105 - $68,820
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$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,845
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$11.07 - $49.66
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MEDIAN: $20.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,105 - $68,820  
   
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$31,755 - $70,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $49.66  
   
Overtime
$30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$31,755 - $70,142  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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

  • Advise students on college majors, admission requirements, financial aid and technical school options.
  • 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.
  • Conduct interviews and administer aptitude and interest tests.

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High School Counselors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like School Counselor. Median pay for School Counselors is $44K.

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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 High School Counselors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $44K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for High School Counselor

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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