Pay for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $47K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors making up 71 percent. Most Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,383 - $67,292
$33K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $47,066
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$14.60 - $29.98
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MEDIAN: $20.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,383 - $67,292  
   
Bonus
$148.48 - $6,904  
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$32,669 - $67,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $29.98  
   
Overtime
$25.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$148.48 - $6,904  
   
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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$32,669 - $67,023  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Certified Rehabilitation Counselors on average make about as much as Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Department of Veteran's Affairs offers the largest salaries in town — $66K on average.

The lowest salaries can be found at Division of Vocational Rehabilitation — median pay is $44K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $31K and only reaching $54K.

Popular Skills for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Employment for Disabled command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. Those proficient in Case Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. On average, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $58K.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Reviews

Q: 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.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Taunton:
"Take A Foot Step Forward To Get An Opportunity."
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Key Stats for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
039
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Salaries

Employment for Disabled
up arrow 30%

Case Management
0%

National Average
$46,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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