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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (United States)

Earnings for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States typically come in at around $44K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by years of experience and location. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are largely women, dominating the profession at 69 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (?
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$32,267 - $66,915
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MEDIAN: $44,236
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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (?
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$13.89 - $31.65
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,267 - $66,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $6,000  
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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$31,664 - $67,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.89 - $31.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.66  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,103  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,400 - $6,000  
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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$31,664 - $67,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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Job Description for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

  • 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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As Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors make advancements in their career path, salaries do not necessarily change. Higher-end positions, such as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, often pay amounts similar to Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Employees of Department of Veteran's Affairs can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $69K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $41K to $89K. Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $35K to just $52K — but Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $41K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. It is not unusual for someone who knows Case Management to be familiar with Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $57K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly one in seven.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$44,000
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For Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. 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 143 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 6%