Counselors are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as counselors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since counselors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where counselors have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for counselors.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s counselors:
So there you have it — Educational, Guidance, School, And Vocational Counselors is the best of the best when it comes to being a counselor.
How did Educational, Guidance, School, And Vocational Counselors end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for counselors and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for counselors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well counselors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for counselors in California is $64,600 and the average salary in Illinois is $57,300, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for counselors in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for counselors.
Total Jobs: 23,890
Average Annual Salary: $57,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,200
Average Experienced Salary: $79,910
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 1,030
Average Annual Salary: $60,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,190
Average Experienced Salary: $83,020
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 6,610
Average Annual Salary: $64,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,250
Average Experienced Salary: $100,350
Location Quotient: 0.95
Total Jobs: 600
Average Annual Salary: $54,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,450
Average Experienced Salary: $75,520
Location Quotient: 1.17
Total Jobs: 9,550
Average Annual Salary: $54,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,840
Average Experienced Salary: $80,590
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 3,540
Average Annual Salary: $56,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,140
Average Experienced Salary: $81,210
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 1,640
Average Annual Salary: $57,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,640
Average Experienced Salary: $80,420
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 1,960
Average Annual Salary: $53,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,910
Average Experienced Salary: $73,870
Location Quotient: 0.89
Total Jobs: 9,490
Average Annual Salary: $55,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,540
Average Experienced Salary: $85,840
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 10,340
Average Annual Salary: $57,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,150
Average Experienced Salary: $98,120
Location Quotient: 0.94
If you’re looking to start out your career as a counselor these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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