Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for program counselors in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 155,634 program counselors currently employed in the United States.
  • 64.1% of all program counselors are women, while 35.9% are men.
  • The average age of an employed program counselor is 40 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of program counselors is White (67.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (12.2%), Black or African American (11.3%) and Unknown (5.9%).
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • 15% of all program counselors are LGBT.
  • Program counselors are 43% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.

Program Counselor Statistics By Gender

64.1% of program counselors are women and 35.9% of program counselors are men.

  • Female, 64.1%
  • Male, 35.9%

Program Counselors By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female64.1%
Male35.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Program Counselor

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$43,606
female-income
Female Income
$41,849

Program Counselor Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the program counselor position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Program Counselor Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201045.13%54.87%
201143.31%56.69%
201243.07%56.93%
201342.80%57.20%
201441.67%58.33%
201541.76%58.24%
201640.46%59.54%
201739.62%60.38%
201834.14%65.86%
201935.67%64.33%
202035.08%64.92%
202135.91%64.09%

Program Counselor Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, public health worker and rehabilitation engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Breastfeeding Educator2%98%
Certified Lactation Counselor3%97%
Lactation Specialist5%95%
Program Counselor36%64%
Donation Worker70%30%
Rehabilitation Engineer70%30%
Public Health Worker81%19%

Program Counselor Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among program counselors is White, which makes up 67.0% of all program counselors. Comparatively, there are 12.2% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 11.3% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 67.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 12.2%
  • Black or African American, 11.3%
  • Unknown, 5.9%
  • Asian, 3.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.4%

Program Counselor Race

Program Counselor RacePercentages
White67.0%
Hispanic or Latino12.2%
Black or African American11.3%
Unknown5.9%
Asian3.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.4%

Program Counselor Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among program counselors.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Program Counselor Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201070.45%15.69%2.72%8.31%
201169.57%15.56%2.82%8.79%
201268.76%15.46%2.62%9.65%
201369.18%15.73%2.66%9.33%
201468.78%15.39%2.79%9.76%
201569.46%14.13%3.09%10.11%
201668.87%14.04%2.98%10.56%
201769.66%14.06%2.85%10.41%
201871.08%13.15%3.04%10.44%
201971.17%11.18%3.27%10.29%
202068.39%11.26%2.94%12.38%
202167.00%11.28%3.23%12.21%

Program Counselor Wage Gap By Race

Asian program counselors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american program counselors have the lowest average salary at $42,630.
$46,000
$45,000
$44,000
$43,000
$42,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$43,146
White$43,227
Black or African American$42,630
Asian$44,784
Hispanic or Latino$44,281

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Average Age of a Program Counselor

We determined the average age of program counselors based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Program Counselor Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Unknown34.538
White4239
Black or African American50.538.5
Asian37
Hispanic or Latino33.535

Program Counselor Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of program counselor employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of program counselors is 40+ years old, which represents 48% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Program Counselor Age

Program Counselor YearsPercentages
40+ years48%
30-40 years36%
20-30 years17%

Types of Program Counselor Degree Levels

  • Bachelors, 60%
  • Masters, 15%
  • Associate, 12%
  • High School Diploma, 6%
  • Other Degrees, 7%

Program Counselors By Education

Program Counselor DegreePercentages
Bachelors60%
Masters15%
Associate12%
High School Diploma6%
Other Degrees7%

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Program Counselor Wage Gap By Education

$50,000
$48,000
$46,000
$44,000
$42,000
$40,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$47,674
Bachelor's Degree$41,266

Program Counselor Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where program counselors work. We found most program counselors work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most program counselors is the education industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire program counselors.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Program Counselor Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees9%
50 - 100 employees24%
100 - 500 employees29%
500 - 1,000 employees11%
1,000 - 10,000 employees19%
> 10,000 employees7%

The Types Of Companies Program Counselor Work In

Employees with the program counselor job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most program counselors prefer to work at private companies over education companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Program Counselor Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education40%
Public6%
Private43%
Government11%

Top Industries Hiring Program Counselors

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ program counselors. Those industries include education, health care and non profits.

Education

Health Care

Non Profits

Government

Professional

Program Counselor Turnover And Employment Statistics

Program Counselor Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of program counselors changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Program Counselor Unemployment Rate By Year

YearProgram Counselor Unemployment Rate
20105.18%
20115.42%
20124.84%
20134.91%
20143.67%
20153.13%
20163.01%
20172.42%
20181.85%
20192.15%
20201.40%
20211.92%

The Average Number of Years That Program Counselor Stay in a Job

By looking over 5,787 program counselors resumes, we figured out that the average program counselor enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 34%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Program Counselor Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year34%
1-2 years33%
3-4 years12%
5-7 years11%
8-10 years4%
11+ years5%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Program Counselors with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to program counselors.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
HIV Counselor8.96%34,058
Parole Director9.50%4,577
Relocation Counselor10.75%28,039
Welfare Adviser11.25%11,336
Co-Coordinator11.48%24,863
Program Counselor15.06%-
Correctional Counselor/Case Manager15.06%49,605

Program Counselor LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
HIV Counselor8.96%34,058
Parole Director9.50%4,577
Relocation Counselor10.75%28,039
Welfare Adviser11.25%11,336
Co-Coordinator11.48%24,863
Correctional Counselor/Case Manager15.06%49,605

Foreign Languages Spoken By Program Counselors

The most common foreign language among program counselors is Spanish at 60.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 11.3% and Italian is the third-most popular at 3.4%.

  • Spanish, 60.8%
  • French, 11.3%
  • Italian, 3.4%
  • Chinese, 3.0%
  • German, 2.3%
  • Other, 19.2%

Program Counselor Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish60.8%
French11.3%
Italian3.4%
Chinese3.0%
German2.3%
Other19.2%

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Where Do Program Counselors Earn The Most?

Program counselors earn the most in New York, where the average program counselor salary is $52,954. The map here shows where program counselors earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Program Counselors?

By looking through more than 5,787 resumes, we found that the most popular places for program counselors are New York, NY and Woodbridge, CT.

Number of Program Counselors

Number Of Program Counselor Jobs By State

RankStateNumber of JobsAverage Salary
1California3,311$51,674
2Texas2,852$44,473
3New York2,832$52,954
4Florida2,740$37,894
5Massachusetts2,408$44,310
6Illinois2,213$41,518
7Pennsylvania2,089$42,024
8Georgia1,642$35,830
9New Jersey1,415$43,665
10Michigan1,366$48,964
11Ohio1,299$45,218
12Arizona1,269$51,823
13Colorado1,227$43,699
14Minnesota1,221$43,776
15North Carolina1,128$40,008
16Washington985$51,375
17Indiana948$44,112
18Oregon825$51,630
19Wisconsin808$44,751
20Connecticut786$40,975
21Tennessee757$41,107
22Missouri710$49,573
23Maryland701$42,211
24South Carolina674$34,213
25Virginia646$48,391
26Alabama594$41,608
27Iowa563$40,375
28Utah537$48,458
29Louisiana506$41,397
30Kentucky474$44,635
31Arkansas473$35,560
32Kansas390$46,681
33Oklahoma387$44,791
34Nebraska370$44,561
35Maine365$45,927
36New Mexico348$40,887
37New Hampshire324$39,507
38Idaho322$49,979
39Mississippi314$36,650
40Nevada295$49,495
41Rhode Island255$45,453
42Montana249$42,548
43Delaware249$41,030
44West Virginia222$44,382
45District of Columbia187$50,904
46South Dakota158$46,099
47Alaska145$39,304
48Wyoming142$44,114
49Hawaii111$39,326
50North Dakota83$46,433
51Vermont72$41,257

Program Counselor Demographics FAQs

How Many Program Counselor Are There In The Us?

There are over 155,634 Program Counselors in the United States.

What Percentage Of Program Counselors Are Black?

11.3% of Program Counselors are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Program Counselors?

Most a are White, with 67.0% of Program Counselors belonging to this ethnicity. 12.2% of Program Counselors are Hispanic or Latino, 11.3% of Program Counselors are Black or African American, 5.9% of Program Counselors are Unknown, 3.2% of Program Counselors are Asian, and 0.4% of Program Counselors are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Program Counselor Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Program Counselor jobs are not male - dominated. 64% of Program Counselors are female, and 35% are male, so there are more female Program Counselors than male Program Counselors in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Program Counselor?

The average Program Counselor is 41 years old. 48% of Program Counselors are 40+ years old or older, 36% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 17% are between 20-30 years old

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