School counselor earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

School counselor salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $62,950
Alabama $52,508
Arkansas $54,600
Arizona $48,300
California $69,510
Colorado $49,660
Connecticut $66,970
District of Columbia $64,520
Delaware $65,860
Florida $49,280
Georgia $54,910
Guam $59,090
Hawaii $59,110
Iowa $50,581
Idaho $43,651
Illinois $55,299
Indiana $49,001
Kansas $50,100
Kentucky $58,770
Louisiana $56,070
Massachusetts $67,110
Maryland $62,230
Maine $51,080
Michigan $53,120
Minnesota $55,330
Missouri $45,990
Mississippi $51,860
Montana $46,640
North Carolina $49,530
North Dakota $56,230
Nebraska $59,350
New Hampshire $49,560
New Jersey $69,090
New Mexico $54,690
Nevada $56,880
New York $61,800
Ohio $53,460
Oklahoma $42,340
Oregon $57,100
Pennsylvania $60,787
Puerto Rico $33,250
Rhode Island $59,740
South Carolina $51,230
South Dakota $41,710
Tennessee $49,690
Texas $60,610
Utah $46,830
Virginia $60,680
Virgin Islands $50,600
Vermont $48,660
Washington $63,500
Wisconsin $51,380
West Virginia $45,250
Wyoming $56,540

How much does a School Counselor earn?

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.

How do school counselor salaries compare to similar careers?

School counselors earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than professors but more than marriage therapists.

Career Median Salary
Professor salary $65K
Physical education teacher salary $63K
Music teacher salary $59K
High school teacher salary $59K
Kindergarten teacher salary $57K
School counselor salary $55K
Elementary school teacher salary $55K
Health educator salary $53K
Clergy salary $51K
Marriage therapist salary $50K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)