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Counselor Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$39,000
$27,000
$39,000
$55,000
Counselors in the United States make an average salary of $39,400 per year or $18.94 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $27,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $55,000. If you like following the crowd, health care and non profits companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out education, manufacturing, and health care companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Nevada, and California provide the highest counselor salaries.
Best Paying Cities
Eugene, OR
$46,813
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Map of Counselor Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Counselors earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Counselor Salary By Location

Throughout the U.S., the average salary for a counselor is roughly $39,400 per year, which boils down to $18.94 per hour. Interestingly enough, counselors have the highest salaries in Santa Rosa, CA at about $48,728 per year. For those who are just starting out, the average entry-level salary in Santa Rosa, CA is $28,000. Additionally, counselors make more than the average salary in Eugene, OR, Lakewood, WA, Houston, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, and Miami, FL. On a more broad level, counselor salaries are highest in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Nevada, California, Idaho, and Utah. On the contrary, Indiana, West Virginia, and Virginia offer the lowest counselor salaries.

City
Average Salary
Santa Rosa, CA
Santa Rosa, CA
$48,728
$49k
Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR
$46,813
$47k
Lakewood, WA
Lakewood, WA
$44,248
$44k
Castle Rock, CO
Castle Rock, CO
$39,126
$39k
Portland, ME
Portland, ME
$38,574
$39k

High Paying Counselor Jobs

Average Counselor Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Health First and UnitedHealth Group as they offer the highest salaries for counselors.

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Counselor Salary History

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    Average Counselor Pay By Industry

    The salary for a counselor can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for counselors tend to be found in education, manufacturing, and health care companies. In fact, counselors can make a yearly salary of $42,137 while working for education companies.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Education
    Education
    $42,137
    $42k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $41,105
    $41k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $40,325
    $40k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $39,761
    $40k
    Retail
    Retail
    $39,089
    $39k
    Non Profits
    Non Profits
    $37,385
    $37k

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    $45,504
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    $33,392
    $33,392
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    $40,000
    $40,000
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    Houston, TX
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    10/20/2020
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    $48,792
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    $35,479
    $35,479
    10/20/2020
    Clubhouse Counselor II
    Clubhouse Counselor II
    Rowe, MA
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    10/20/2020
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    $34,895
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    Counselor
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    Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta, GA
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    $58,052
    $58,052
    10/20/2020
    Counselor III
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    Portland, OR
    Portland, OR
    10/18/2020
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    $46,185
    $46,185
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