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
Counseling psychologist
3.6
$80k
Clergy
3.6
$50k
Principal
3.5
$98k
Counselor
3.5
$55k
Health educator
3.5
$61k
School counselor
3.5
$61k
Graduate teaching assistant
3.4
$33k
Recreational therapist
3.4
$48k
Drug & alcohol counselor
3.3
$32k
Teacher assistant
3.3
$24k

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?

School counselors rated their satisfaction with their salaries 3.0/5. Few are explicitly unhappy with their salaries, with most school counselors having generally positive views of their salary.

We asked school counselors how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

506 school counselors

5 Star
13%

13% of school counselors rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
23%

23% of school counselors rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of school counselors rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
23%

23% of school counselors rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
12%

12% of school counselors rated their compensation 1 stars

Do school counselors find their jobs meaningful?

On average, school counselors rate the meaningfulness of their work a 3.7/5. Unlike many careers, school counselors have little difficulty finding meaning in their work, and it likely constitutes one of the main reasons people become school counselors.

We asked school counselors how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

3.7 out of 5 stars

509 school counselors

5 Star
30%

30% of school counselors rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
32%

32% of school counselors rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of school counselors rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
9%

9% of school counselors rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of school counselors rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as school counselors?

School counselors rated their personality fit with their work an average of 4.0/5. The majority of school counselors find their personalities quite well suited to their work, with relatively few having complaints about their fit.

We asked school counselors how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

4.0 out of 5 stars

554 school counselors

5 Star
40%

40% of school counselors rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
35%

35% of school counselors rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
17%

17% of school counselors rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
6%

6% of school counselors rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
3%

3% of school counselors rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a school counselor’s work environment?

As a whole, school counselors rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.8/5. A solid majority of school counselors enjoy their work environment, probably contributing to overall higher satisfaction with working as a school counselor.

We asked school counselors how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.8 out of 5 stars

551 school counselors

5 Star
30%

30% of school counselors rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
37%

37% of school counselors rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
19%

19% of school counselors rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
11%

11% of school counselors rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
4%

4% of school counselors rated their work environment 1 stars

Are school counselors making the best use of their abilities?

Former school counselors on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 3.4/5. Most school counselors surveyed find that they manage to use their abilities to their fullest as a school counselor, which helps contribute to higher career satisfaction in the long term.

We asked school counselors how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

3.4 out of 5 stars

546 school counselors

5 Star
22%

22% of school counselors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
30%

30% of school counselors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
24%

24% of school counselors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
18%

18% of school counselors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
6%

6% of school counselors rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars