High School Counselor Salary

High School Counselors in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. Earnings generally vary between $33K and $75K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for High School Counselors is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female High School Counselors making up 78 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,884 - $73,710
MEDIAN: $50,918

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$35,884 - $73,710  
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$33,414 - $74,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
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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.

High School Counselors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. For High School Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $68K.

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Experience Affects High School Counselor Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 7 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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%