The average salary for a School Counselor is $48,058 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.

$35,269 - $69,015
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$48K
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MEDIAN: $48,058
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$10.19 - $45.13
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MEDIAN: $19.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,269 - $69,015  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $3,080  
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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$34,412 - $69,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,318
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $45.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$3.63 - $43.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$484.79 - $3,080  
   
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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$34,412 - $69,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,826

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School Counselor Reviews

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

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
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%



National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect School Counselor Salaries

College Counseling
up arrow 18%

Teaching
up arrow 15%

Masters degree
up arrow 9%



National Average
$48,000

Bilingual
up arrow 3%

Childhood Education
up arrow 4%

Group Therapy
up arrow 4%

Scheduling
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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