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Career Counselor Salary

Career Counselor Salary
Among various counseling professions, the salary of career counselors, who have sufficient experience is one the best, and holds promises for excellent employment opportunities. The salary ranges for a career counselor are enlisted in the article below.
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"I started working as an assistant counselor, when I finished my graduation degree in psychology and social studies. After working for a year as an assistant career counselor, to increase my prospects of salary, I joined a public school and also upgraded my educational qualifications. With more experience and skills, now, after 5 years, I'm in a very stable position in my career, commanding decent salary. My future plans are to further enhance my skills by expanding my area of work and include schools, colleges, and universities as my work domain." ― James, Manhattan
In the recent years, there has been an increase in demand for counselors in a variety of fields. The prospect of career advancement primarily depends on the field of counseling chosen and the educational qualification. According to Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the highest-paid professionals in the field of counseling are the career counselors. They are the professionals who evaluate a candidate's aptitude and skills, and correspondingly guide them to choose the most suitable career path. Career counseling has become significant in giving a proper career path to the student so that he can easily know what is best career choice for him. In the recent years, career opportunities in this field have increased by leaps and bounds, and this has triggered the growth in terms of the salary. Career counselors interview the candidates and discuss the possibilities of better career changes or career options. There are various factors on which the salary depends and chief among them are:
  • Work Experience
  • Type of Employer
  • Job Location
  • Industries
The tables mentioned below will give you an idea about various salaries of career counselors.
Salaries of Various Counseling Professions
Counseling Specialties Salary (In USD) approx.
Elementary School Counselors 55,000 - 85,000
College/Universities 53,000 - 68,000
Junior Colleges 55,000 - 70,000
Rehabilitation Center Services 40,000 - 60,000
Management/Consulting Services 60,000 - 80,000

Based on Industries
Employers Salary (In USD) approx.
Education for K - Schools 35,000 - 55,000
Education 40,000 - 55,000
School District 40,000 - 50,000
Education in College 40,000 - 58,000

Based on Job Location
City Salary (in USD approx.)
Houston 40,000 - 60,000
Atlanta 35,000 - 50,000
Chicago 45,000 - 60,000
New York 45,000 - 55,000
Philadelphia 35,000 - 55,000

Based on Work Experience
Work Experience Salary (in USD approx.)
Less than 1 year 30,000 - 50,000
1 - 4 years 35,000 - 45,000
5 - 9 years 40,000 - 55,000
10 - 19 years 45,000 - 65,000
20 plus years 55,000 - 75,000

As we observe in the various tables mentioned above, we can notice that generally, the salary is between USD 30,000 to USD 85,000 with an average salary of USD 40,000. Like various salary ranges for jobs, this profession also increased its earning prospects with increase in the work experience. The career development path for career counselors is bright and with further education, one can increase the chances for better salaries. Students who are interested in making a career as a career counselor must understand that it takes lot of study and awareness about different careers to help aspirants choose a specific career and guide them in their career planning.
Aspirants of career counselors must work hard on getting knowledge about changing trends of professions and requirements for various jobs so that one can guide the client in an excellent way. Getting the right training and certificates also helps in increasing the employment opportunities. One must mobilize efforts to gain corresponding degrees related to career counseling subjects so that one can succeed in achieving their objective.