$42,916
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An average Career Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K annually. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. A strong majority enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Career Counselors. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,063 - $60,324
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MEDIAN: $42,916
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$14.36 - $41.57
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$0$62K
Salary $33,063 - $60,324
Bonus $0.00 - $5,087
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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$32,160 - $62,707
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 895
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $14.36 - $41.57
Overtime $18.00 - $41.99
Annual Data $0$62K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,087
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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$32,160 - $62,707
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Aug 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 220

Job Description for Career Counselor

Career counselors help their clients find appropriate career paths and available positions. Their duties include administering personality, interest and aptitude tests; advising students and other clients on particular courses and educational requirements for different jobs; discuss options with clients who want a career change; and evaluate clients' educational and work backgrounds. These counselors also help clients find the right schools and programs for their needs, help find financial resources and training programs, teach and practice job skills, and perform other duties related to aiding clients in their job search.

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Career Counselor Tasks

  • Counsel students on career planning and job search strategies while facilitating the creation of viable long-term career goals.
  • Arrange job fairs, seminars, and lectures that will connect students to companies and provide valuable information regarding future career options.
  • Maintain relationships with local employers in order to create links between students and companies that can lead to eventual employment or internship opportunities.
  • Conduct mock interviews and assist students with the creation of resumes and cover letters.

Popular Employer Salaries for Career Counselor


Although salaries only range from $34K to just $47K, Serco, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $38K.

Common Career Paths for Career Counselor


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Career Counselors' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Assistant Director of Career Services. On average, Assistant Directors of Career Services get paid about the same as Career Counselors do.

Career Counselor Job Listings

Popular Skills for Career Counselor


Survey results imply that Career Counselors deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Program Development, Human Resources, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication, Public Speaking, and advising. Most people skilled in Presentations are similarly competent in Assessment. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed in Training and Assessment.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Career Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Career Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 338 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Career Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 168 salaries. An experienced Career Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 131 salaries. A Career Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 53 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,461

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Career Counselors will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 50 percent. Career Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Lynchburg Career Counselors earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Boston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Career Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Career Counselor?

Career Counselor in Salt Lake City:
"Satisfaction."
Pros: When my students gets the job!
Cons: Students that just don't get it.

Career Counselor in Olympia:
"Poor management."
Pros: Counseling, student interaction.
Cons: Management, lack of supervision.

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Key Stats for Career Counselor

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Experience Affects Career Counselor Salaries

▲33%

▲12%

▲3%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Career Counselor Salaries

Program Management
▲6%

Program Development
▲2%

Human Resources
▲1%


National Average
$42,000

Counseling
▼2%

Event Planning
▼2%

Training
▼2%

Career Counseling
▼3%


Teaching
▼4%

Leadership
▼4%

Assessment
▼5%

advising
▼5%

Public Speaking
▼5%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 16%