Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

An average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $44K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though career duration and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,113 - $66,797
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$32K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,052
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$13.69 - $33.82
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$14
$19
$34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,113 - $66,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Total Pay (?
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$31,593 - $67,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $33.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.25  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
   
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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$31,593 - $67,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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Employees of Department of Veteran's Affairs can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $75K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $41K to $93K.

Known for its small paychecks, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $41K — just about half of the top paying company's median.


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Counseling is a skill commonly found among those who know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $39K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $45K on average. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $51K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $60K on average.

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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.

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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
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Counseling
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Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 5%
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