Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary (United States)

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States typically take home $43,680 annually. Pay begins at $31,664 on the low end and climbs to $67,587 per year near the top. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group—tenure and location are driving factors as well. Benefits are common in this line of work, with nearly all reporting medical and dental coverage and a majority collecting vision insurance. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are largely women, dominating the profession at 69 percent. Work is enjoyable for the better half of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to 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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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  
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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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For Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder.

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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. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation lags the field greatly in terms of pay, with a median salary 69 percent lower than the top payer ($40,990).

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 less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, pay rises to approximately $45K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $49,891 after 10 to 20 years. After a couple decades on the job, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$44,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 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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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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