$48,920
Avg. Salary
$19.33
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation for this job:

Bonus

$1,539

Profit Sharing

$1,173

The average pay for a School Counselor is $35.90 per hour.

The average pay for a School Counselor is $63,633 per year.

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MEDIAN $48,920
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$0$71K
Salary $35,625 - $71,061
Bonus $257 - $7,902
Profit Sharing $1,173
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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$34,714 - $71,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,505
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $10.09 - $36.20
Hourly Tips $4.17
Overtime $19.57 - $60.08
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $257 - $7,902
Profit Sharing $1,173
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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$34,714 - $71,428
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 176

Job Description for School Counselor

School counselors are tasked with helping students achieve academic goals and personal, social, and professional development; they also help improve new students’ adjustments to school. Those who work in high schools may help students with college choices and serve as liaisons between students and college recruiters.

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School Counselor Tasks

  • Communicate with students, identify obstacles to progress, and work together to overcome them.
  • Identify and communicate special needs and mental health challenges.
  • Consult with parents or teachers on appropriate strategies, communication methods, and obstacles.
  • Intervene in dangerous, challenging, or stressful situations to provide a peaceful, safe environment.
  • Listen to students and enable them to connect with support services, teachers, parents, and others.

Common Career Paths for School Counselor


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Popular Skills for School Counselor

Pay by Experience Level for School Counselor

Pay by Experience for a School Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level School Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 798 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A School Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 303 salaries. An experienced School Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 310 salaries. A School 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 117 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,762

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

School Counselor Reviews

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

School Counselor in South Bend:
"I value my career."
Pros: I love working with children and adolescents. I enjoy helping them learn to problem solve and creating a positive learning environment and to thrive academically and socially/emotionally.
Cons: I do not dislike anything about my job but I would prefer to be compensated more comparably to other school districts for my education and experience.

School Counselor in Philadelphia:
"Life in the City of Brotherly Love."
Pros: Born and raised in Philly, so I'm comfortable and well-versed in its neighborhoods and resources.
Cons: Education salary pay scales and city wage tax.

School Counselor in Detroit:
"Stressful but rewarding seeing students grow."
Pros: Being able to meet with students about different issues and never having the same say twice.
Cons: Can be challenging working with students and families that have no motivation.

School Counselor in Zion:
"LPC exam."
Take LPC exam immediately after graduation.

School Counselor in Trenton:
Pros: The students. The school. The staff.
Cons: The salary. The work load. Lack of leadership.

School Counselor in Phoenix:
Pros: I am respected, trusted, and looked up to by reachers, administrators, parents, and students. I empower people with the skills to improve their lives.
Cons: Teachers expect immediate improvement in students, students are often oppositional, and administrators tend to assign duties which are wildly inappropriate, but the main issue is that I do not have enough time to spend with each student.

School Counselor in Memphis:
"It Requires Less Education."
It is important to find out the type of Counseling occupations are needed in the states you are interested in living. There are many sub categories within the field these days, as well as positions that require a combination of skills; for example, Art Therapy, Recreation Therapy, School Counselor and the list is long. The government provides current detailed statistics with regard to any job; such as, the biggest occupational needs in the US and each state, future projections of declining or high need occupations, and even salary averages. The best path to receive an affordable, quality and competent program and choose a college in the state in which you plan to practice.

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Key Stats for School Counselor

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects School Counselor Salaries

▲30%

▲16%

▲1%

National Average
$49,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect School Counselor Salaries

College Counseling
▲16%

Teaching
▲12%

Masters degree
▲7%


▼0%

National Average
$49,000

Bilingual
▼2%

Childhood Education
▼6%

Group Therapy
▼6%

Scheduling
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 15%