High School Counselor Salary

An average High School Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. Pay ranges from $34K on the low end to $74K per year on the high end. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for High School Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female High School Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,561 - $73,258
(Median)
$36K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,990
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$10.14 - $49.32
(Median)
$10
$15
$49
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,561 - $73,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
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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$33,945 - $73,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 159
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$43.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,960  
   
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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$33,945 - $73,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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Although many High School Counselors transition into School Counselor roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $52K. High School Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $68K on average.

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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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