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High School Counselor Salary

Median pay for High School Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Most High School Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Most High School Counselors survey respondents are women (78 percent). Almost all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,805 - $74,739
MEDIAN: $50,259

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$34,805 - $74,739  
$0.00 - $5,817  
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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).
$32,619 - $74,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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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.

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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 tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. High School Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. High School Counselors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $65K.

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 6 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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 8%