High School Counselor Salary

For High School Counselors, annual average wages total $50K per year. Pay generally varies between $34K and $74K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most High School Counselors survey respondents are women (72 percent). For the most part, High School Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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

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$10.14 - $49.32
(Median)
$10
$15
$49
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
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).
)
$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

  • 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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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 $43K a year.

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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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. High School Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $68K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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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