High School Counselor Salary

Median pay for High School Counselors in the United States is around $51K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $34K to $75K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of High School Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female High School Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,037 - $73,814

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$36,037 - $73,814  
   
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$0.00 - $5,960  
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$33,950 - $74,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. For High School Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $68K.

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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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