Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

The average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the United States earns approximately $44K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by tenure and geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,325 - $67,277

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$13.91 - $33.99

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,325 - $67,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,122  
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$31,828 - $68,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $33.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.25  
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Bonus
$0.00 - $4,122  
   
Total Pay (?
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$31,828 - $68,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Department of Veteran's Affairs offers the largest salaries in town ($75K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $41K to $93K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Division of Vocational Rehabilitation — median pay is $40K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $34K and only reaching $51K.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who took the survey. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those with knowledge of Case Management tend to be skilled in Counseling as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

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


For many Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $39K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $45K. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $60K.

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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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Experience Affects Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 17%

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
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National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
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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