School Counselor Salary (United States)

A School Counselor earns an average salary of $44,941 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
School Counselor Total Pay (?
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$31,860 - $67,120
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,940
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School Counselor Total Pay (?
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$9.96 - $33.93
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,860 - $67,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,889  
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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$30,836 - $67,591  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $33.93  
   
Overtime
$5.00 - $37.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,889  
   
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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$30,836 - $67,591  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,102
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Job Description for School Counselor

The School Counselor provides an important and sometimes overlooked role in guiding students. School Counselors must be able to counsel students in all areas, regardless of the type of problem they are having. They are also responsible for aiding students in high school by giving advice about what they should pursue in college and where they should attend. Oftentimes they are a primary decision maker in what recreational activities take place at a school, as well.
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School Counselor Tasks
  • 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.
  • Consult with parents or teachers on appropriate strategies, communication methods, and obstacles.
  • Communicate with students, identify obstacles to progress, and work together to overcome them.
  • Identify and communicate special needs and mental health challenges.

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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

New York
up arrow 35%
Houston
up arrow 22%
Washington
up arrow 22%
Los Angeles
up arrow 12%
Atlanta
up arrow 9%
Dallas
up arrow 9%
Columbus
up arrow 4%
Chicago
up arrow 2%
Raleigh
up arrow 1%
Baltimore
up arrow 1%
National Average
$45,000
Boston
up arrow 2%
Seattle
up arrow 3%
San Diego
up arrow 6%
Charlotte
up arrow 10%
San Francisco
up arrow 13%
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Experience Affects School Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 39%
Experienced
up arrow 20%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect School Counselor Salaries

Childhood Education
up arrow 9%
National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 14%
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