Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salary

The average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors survey respondents are women (70 percent). The majority of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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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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As Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Certified Rehabilitation Counselor position pays around the same amount as the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor job on average.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Department of Veteran's Affairs offers the largest salaries in town ($69K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $45K to $88K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $32K to just $54K — but Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $41K.

Popular Skills for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. 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. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Employment for Disabled.

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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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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