Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

Pay for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $45K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and tenure. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors survey respondents are women (70 percent). 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.
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$32,632 - $67,997
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,283
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$13.83 - $35.19
(Median)
$14
$19
$35
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,632 - $67,997  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$32,142 - $69,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $35.19  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $41.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,250  
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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$32,142 - $69,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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.

Common Career Paths for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. The two jobs pay about the same on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Although Department of Veteran's Affairs heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $69K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $45K to $88K.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 69 percent lower than the top payer ($41K).

Popular Skills for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Professional skills reported by Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors are few in number. Most notably, facility with Employment for Disabled and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent and 3 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know Case Management also know Employment for Disabled.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors make a median salary of $52K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

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."
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Experience Affects Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Employment for Disabled
up arrow 34%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 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
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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