Average School Counselor Salary

$50,591
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$1,804
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The average salary for a School Counselor is $50,591.
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$38k
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$51k
90%
$74k
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What Do School Counselors Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for School Counselor

4.2 out of 5
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Popular Employer Salaries for School Counselor

The top respondents for the job title School Counselor are from the companies Chicago Public Schools, KIPP Foundation and Plano Isd. Reported salaries are highest at Chicago Public Schools where the average pay is $64,000. KIPP Foundation pays the lowest at around $53,000.

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What Are Popular Skills for School Counselors?

Skills in Counseling, Crisis Intervention, Oral / Verbal Communication and Scheduling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Group Therapy.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for School Counselors?

An entry-level School Counselor with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $43,505 based on 165 salaries. An early career School Counselor with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $45,969 based on 824 salaries. A mid-career School Counselor with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,131 based on 409 salaries. An experienced School Counselor with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,632 based on 480 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $65,052.
Employees with School Counselor in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 22.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (18.5% more) and New York, New York (16.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Indianapolis, Indiana (18.5% less), Denver, Colorado (7.0% less) and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3.2% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 2,125 survey responses.
Entry Level
7.8%
Early Career
38.8%
Mid Career
19.2%
Experienced
22.6%
Late Career
11.6%