School counselors rate their happiness above average.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, school counselors rate their career happiness 3.5 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 33% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy school counselors are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Clergy
3.6
$51k
Principal
3.5
$92k
Counselor
3.5
$47k
Health educator
3.5
$53k
Physical education teacher
3.5
$63k
School counselor
3.5
$55k
Nurse educator
3.4
$75k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are school counselors happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do school counselors find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as school counselors?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are school counselor’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are school counselors making the best use of their abilities?

Are school counselors happy with their salary?