Career Development Specialist Salary

Career Development Specialists in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K annually. Cash earnings for Career Development Specialists — which sometimes include more than $8K from bonuses — stretch from around $31K to approximately $67K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Female Career Development Specialists make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Career Development Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,721 - $67,863
$31K
$40K
$68K
MEDIAN: $39,525
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$13.88 - $30.61
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$0$67K
Salary $30,721 - $67,863
Bonus $0.00 - $8,443
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$30,520 - $66,713
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 156
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $13.88 - $30.61
Overtime $24.82
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $0.00 - $8,443
Profit Sharing $0.00
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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$30,520 - $66,713
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 5 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

Job Description for Career Development Specialist

Career development specialists are hired primarily by universities, but they are also employed by staffing companies and other organizations. Most organizations are searching for applicants who have at least a bachelor's degree in counseling or a related field, although a master's degree is often preferred. Prior experience in the field is helpful, but not a strict requirement.

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Career Development Specialist Tasks

  • Develop job and internship opportunities through relationships with employers.
  • Maintain contact pre- and post-job placement.
  • Evaluate career or job readiness, administer tests and surveys .
  • Provide job search training and career strategies.

Career Development Specialist Job Listings

Popular Skills for Career Development Specialist


Survey results suggest that Career Development Specialists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Human Resources, Training Program Development, Counseling, and Presentations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Case Management. Most people familiar with Counseling also know Case Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Career Development Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Career Development Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Career Development Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 123 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Career Development Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Career Development Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 34 salaries. A Career Development Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 10 salaries.

Career Development Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Career Development Specialist?

Career Development Specialist in Anderson:
"Counseling."
Pros: I enjoy it I help others to find a career path and training if needed. If not I work to find them employment.
Cons: Pay.

Career Development Specialist in Springfield:
Pros: Challenging people to succeds.
Cons: Pay.

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Key Stats for Career Development Specialist

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Career Development Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

▲20%

▼0%

National Average
$40,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Career Development Specialist Salaries

Human Resources
▲8%

Training Program Development
▲1%

▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Presentations
▼1%


Case Management
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 15%