School Counselor Salary

The average salary for a School Counselor is $48,217 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are College Counseling and Teaching. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$35,349 - $70,115
$35K
$48K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,284
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$10.34 - $44.98
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$19
$45
MEDIAN: $19.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,349 - $70,115  
   
Bonus
$498.89 - $6,040  
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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$34,478 - $70,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $44.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$6.95 - $51.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$498.89 - $6,040  
   
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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$34,478 - $70,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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Job Description for School Counselor

School counselors are tasked with helping students achieve academic goals and personal, social, and professional development; they also help improve new students’ adjustments to school. Those who work in high schools may help students with college choices and serve as liaisons between students and college recruiters.

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School Counselor Tasks

  • Communicate with students, identify obstacles to progress, and work together to overcome them.
  • Identify and communicate special needs and mental health challenges.
  • Consult with parents or teachers on appropriate strategies, communication methods, and obstacles.
  • Intervene in dangerous, challenging, or stressful situations to provide a peaceful, safe environment.
  • Listen to students and enable them to connect with support services, teachers, parents, and others.

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Pay by Experience Level for School Counselor

Pay by Experience for a School Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level School Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 798 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 303 salaries. An experienced School Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 310 salaries. A School Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,067

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School Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a School Counselor?

School Counselor in South Bend:
"I value my career."
Pros: I love working with children and adolescents. I enjoy helping them learn to problem solve and creating a positive learning environment and to thrive academically and socially/emotionally.
Cons: I do not dislike anything about my job but I would prefer to be compensated more comparably to other school districts for my education and experience.

School Counselor in Detroit:
"Stressful but rewarding seeing students grow."
Pros: Being able to meet with students about different issues and never having the same say twice.
Cons: Can be challenging working with students and families that have no motivation.

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Key Stats for School Counselor

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects School Counselor Salaries

▲32%

▲18%

▲3%

National Average
$48,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect School Counselor Salaries

College Counseling
▲18%

Teaching
▲14%

Masters degree
▲9%


▲1%

Bilingual
▼0%

National Average
$48,000

Childhood Education
▼4%

Group Therapy
▼4%

Scheduling
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 15%
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