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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

The average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $44K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by tenure and geographic location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. More than half of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (69 percent) survey participants are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,384 - $67,007
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,331
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$13.66 - $33.99
(Median)
$14
$19
$34
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,384 - $67,007  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
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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$31,841 - $68,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.66 - $33.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
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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$31,841 - $68,079  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 84

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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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Although Department of Veteran's Affairs leads the field in pay with a median salary of $75K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $41K on the low end all the way up to $93K at the top.

The lowest salaries can be found at Division of Vocational Rehabilitation — median pay is $41K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $34K and only reaching $51K.


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $45K. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $60K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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."
Love consumers no matter what. If you are happy with your job, make others happy with their jobs as well!

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Experience Affects Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 37%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%
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