Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States take home approximately $44K per year on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by experience level and location. Work is enjoyable for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,225 - $67,032
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $44,148
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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
$32,225 - $67,032  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,055  
Total Pay (?
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$31,670 - $68,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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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 - $4,055  
   
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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$31,670 - $68,166  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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For Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, comfortable salaries can be found at Department of Veteran's Affairs; in fact, average earnings are around $75K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($41K versus $93K) is great.

Employees at Division of Vocational Rehabilitation take home the smallest paychecks, and $41K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $34K and quickly nearing the top at only $50K.


Survey takers who work as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors typically report just a few professional skills. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Case Management also know Counseling.

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. The average inexperienced worker earns $39K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $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:
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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
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

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: 64% employee benefits None: 5%
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