The average salary for a School Counselor is $47,746 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.

$35,240 - $68,415
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$35K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $47,746
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$9.94 - $34.23
(Median)
$9
$18
$34
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,240 - $68,415  
   
Bonus
$400.00 - $7,981  
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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$34,366 - $68,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,331
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $34.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.17  
Overtime
$3.63 - $44.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$400.00 - $7,981  
   
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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$34,366 - $68,520  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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

  • 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

National Average: $47,530

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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 19%

Teaching
up arrow 15%

Masters degree
up arrow 5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$48,000

Bilingual
up arrow 1%

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
up arrow 3%

Scheduling
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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