Career Attributes

  • $46,964
  • 291,700
  • 3.5
  • 12.6%
  • Master's degree
  • School Student Counseling
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How much does a School Counselor make in the United States?

Average School Counselor Yearly Salary in the United States

School Counselors earn an average yearly salary of $46,964. Salaries typically start from $24,366 and go up to $72,059.

Average School Counselor Hourly Wage in the United States

School Counselors earn an average hourly wage of $22.58. Hourly wages typically start from $11.71 and go up to $34.64.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

Learn more about the School Counselor job market for salaries of real jobs in your area.

School counselors who work in high schools typically earn more, as do counselors with a master’s degree or higher. School counselors with a master’s degree will have the greatest job opportunities and security, and can increase an annual salary by $10,000. Hiring will vary by geographic location, depending on state and local government budgets.

Here is a range of school counselor salaries reported by varying sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics - $53,610
Salary.com - $45,094 to $51,315
Glassdoor.com - $50,000

About 124,200 counselors work in elementary and secondary schools, their biggest employers. Second for jobs are colleges, universities, and professional schools, where 45,770 work. The highest mean wages are with the federal government, which provides about 850 positions. Second for income are business, professional, labor and political organizations, for 270 jobs.

Employment Type Mix

80%
Full-Time
20%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more School Counselor demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.0
SCORE
430
RATINGS
School Counselors average a score of 3.0 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places School Counselors in the 53th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more School Counselor satisfaction

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School Counselor Earnings by Seniority

Top End School Counselor Earnings

The highest earning School Counselors in the United States earn:

$34.64
an hour
$72,059.3
per year
Senior School Counselor Earnings

Senior School Counselors in the United States earn:

$28.52
an hour
$59,329.6
per year
Experienced School Counselor Earnings

Experienced School Counselors in the United States earn:

$21.53
an hour
$44,773.1
per year
Junior School Counselor Earnings

Junior School Counselors in the United States earn:

$16.06
an hour
$33,402.6
per year
Starting School Counselor Earnings

Starting School Counselors in the United States earn:

$11.71
an hour
$24,366.1
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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School Counselor Salary Comparison

School Counselors earn more than 65% percent of similar careers in the United States.

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High School Teacher Salary $47k
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Kindergarten Teacher Salary $42k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

School Counselor salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
School Counselor Salary in United States $22.58 $46,964.1 # 1
School Counselor Salary in California $22.15 $46,075.2 # 2

Career Attributes

  • $46,964
  • 291,700
  • 3.5
  • 12.6%
  • Master's degree
  • School Student Counseling
More Attributes