Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (United States)

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $43,680 per year. Compensation generally starts at $31,664 and does not exceed $67,587 per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by years of experience and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Female Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are more prevalent than men—69 percent of professionals in this field are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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 (?
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$31,664 - $67,587  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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 (?
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$31,664 - $67,587  
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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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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. At the upper end, those who move into a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) role will bring in a similar salary to their current position.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

The biggest paychecks can be found at Department of Veteran's Affairs—the median salary there is $69,409; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $41K and climbing to $89K. Find the lowest pay by far at Division of Vocational Rehabilitation—the company has a median salary of $40,990, 69 percent lower than the top payer.

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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $39K range but grow to $45K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $49,891. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and pay is expected at $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$44,000
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With a pay rate for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors that is 29 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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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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%
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