$49,219
Avg. Salary
$16.71
Avg. Hourly Rate
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The average pay for a Guidance Counselor is $16.71 per hour.

The average pay for a Guidance Counselor is $49,219 per year.

$10.77
10%
$16.71
50%
$40.85
90%
MEDIAN $16.71
$35k
10%
$49k
50%
$76k
90%
MEDIAN $49,219
$35,217 - $76,257
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$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $49,219
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$10.77 - $40.85
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$0$77K
Salary $35,217 - $76,257
Bonus $97.87 - $3,020
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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$33,595 - $77,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 505
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $10.77 - $40.85
Overtime $33.50
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $97.87 - $3,020
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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$33,595 - $77,162
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Jan 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 56

Job Description for Guidance Counselor

As a key member of a middle school or high school’s faculty and advisement staff, the guidance counselor plays a key role with assisting students in achieving their educational goals. Guidance counselors assist students in choosing appropriate class scheduling, and they must be familiar with any academic tracks and prerequisites a school system has in place. They should be able to assess individual students using test scores, reports, and one-on-one conversations to best assist the needs of each pupil.

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Guidance Counselor Tasks
  • Observe and evaluate children during classroom and play activities.
  • Maintain student records as required by law, district and administrative regulations.
  • Help students to understand and deal with social, behavioral and personal problems.
  • Evaluate student abilities, interest and talents to develop academic and career goals.
  • Coordinate special need services.

Common Career Paths for Guidance Counselor


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Guidance Counselors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Secondary School Guidance Counselor. Median pay for Secondary School Guidance Counselors is $46K.

Guidance Counselor Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Guidance Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Guidance Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Guidance Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 170 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Guidance Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 92 salaries. An experienced Guidance Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 82 salaries. A Guidance Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 33 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

28%

National Average: $48,603

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

For Guidance Counselors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Guidance Counselors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+27 percent) and Boston (+6 percent). Guidance Counselors in Chicago report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (14 percent lower) and Philadelphia (11 percent lower).

Guidance Counselor Advice

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

Guidance Counselor in Coral Springs:
"Its harder then it looks!"
Stay organized, flexible. Work hard, and trust your instincts.

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Key Stats for Guidance Counselor

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Guidance Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲29%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
▼3%

▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 13%