Average Guidance Counselor Salary

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The average salary for a Guidance Counselor is $49,746.
MEDIAN $49,746
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Job Description for Guidance Counselor

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.

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Popular Skills for Guidance Counselor

Skills in Counseling, Scheduling, Test Planning and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Guidance Counselor

An entry-level Guidance Counselor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $41,280 based on 119 salaries. An early career Guidance Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,424 based on 216 salaries. A mid-career Guidance Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,114 based on 132 salaries. An experienced Guidance Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,484 based on 133 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $65,724.
Employees with Guidance Counselor in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 48.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (23.3% more) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (18.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Orlando, Florida (3.1% less) and Indianapolis, Indiana (2.7% less).

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