The average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the United States earns approximately $46K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors making up 70 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,251 - $67,626
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$33K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,349
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$14.55 - $28.70
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,251 - $67,626  
   
Bonus
$149.50 - $7,288  
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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$32,601 - $66,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.55 - $28.70  
   
Overtime
$25.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$149.50 - $7,288  
   
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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$32,601 - $66,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. On average, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors get paid about the same as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Department of Veteran's Affairs attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $66K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $31K to just $53K — but Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $43K.

Popular Skills for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Employment for Disabled command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Most people skilled in Case Management are similarly competent in Employment for Disabled.

Pay by Experience Level for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $41K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $59K.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Reviews

What is it like working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor?

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Orchard Park:
"Review."
Pros: I like to be able to leave the office to do job development. I like the clients and also the coworkers that I work with. We also get a ton of vacation time, which is great.
Cons: It can be very draining. So many clients want to work, but refuse to do anything about it.

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Taunton:
"Take A Foot Step Forward To Get An Opportunity."
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Experience Affects Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Employment for Disabled
up arrow 32%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$45,000

Counseling
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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