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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (United States)

Average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States make around $44K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but years of experience and geography are influential factors as well. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 68 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (?
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$32,180 - $66,489
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MEDIAN: $44,172
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (?
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$13.91 - $32.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,180 - $66,489  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,041  
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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$31,654 - $67,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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$13.91 - $32.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.47  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$0.00 - $4,041  
   
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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$31,654 - $67,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

A vocational rehabilitation counselor is a counselor who specializes in providing services to disabled persons in order to rehabilitate these individuals for employment. This rehabilitation can be mental, physical, and psychological, depending on the client’s needs. This is a position which typically works in an office with a team of other vocational rehabilitation counselors. The position involves physical activities, which can include the physical support of another person.
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Tasks
  • Develop rehabilitative plan based on training needs.
  • Conduct and evaluate vocational assessment of patient.
  • Interpret, analyze and determine capabilities and occupational skills.
  • Manage caseload and documentation.
  • Teach basic vocational skills and leads groups or workshops.

Common Career Paths for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors may not always see an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Certified Rehabilitation Counselor offer money in line with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, where the median salary is a mere $40K, 72 percent less than the top paying company.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors report a narrow range of specific skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $39K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$44,000
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Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent).

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Experience Affects Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$44,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Counseling
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Case Management
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National Average
$44,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
68%
female alumni
 
Male
32%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%