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How Much Does a Program Counselor Earn In The United States?

Program Counselor Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
$28,000
$39,000
$54,000
The average program counselor makes about $39,488 per year. That's $18.98 per hour! Those in the lower 10%, such as entry-level positions, only make about $28,000 a year. Meanwhile, the top 10% are sitting pretty with an average salary of $54,000. Many of program counselors seem to be drawn to non profits and education companies. Unless they care more about money, in which case program counselors tend to work at education, hospitality, and health care companies. Even the employees who work in these industries can confirm that's where the money is. Although money is important, a lot of people base their career decisions solely on location. That's why we found that Alaska, Washington and Delaware pay program counselors the highest salaries.
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Where Program Counselors Earn The Most

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

Average Salary

How Much Do Program Counselors Earn In Different Cities?

While a program counselor can average a salary of $39,488 per year, or $18.98 per hour, there are many opportunities for program counselors to make more. For example, in Sacramento, CA you might make $47,989 per year. Other high-paying locations include Dover, DE, Portland, OR and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Sacramento, CA where the average starting salary is $26,000. The highest paying states for program counselors include Alaska, Washington and Delaware. Meanwhile, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Florida offer the lowest salaries.
Location
City
Average Salary

Sacramento, CA

Salary Range35k - 65k$48k$47,989

Dover, DE

Salary Range35k - 61k$47k$46,689

Portland, OR

Salary Range33k - 62k$46k$45,718

Washington, DC

Salary Range33k - 57k$44k$43,786

New York, NY

Salary Range33k - 55k$43k$43,461

Salt Lake City, UT

Salary Range32k - 56k$43k$42,892

Arlington, VA

Salary Range32k - 56k$43k$42,713

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range30k - 51k$39k$39,307

El Mirage, AZ

Salary Range29k - 50k$39k$38,740

Newark, NJ

Salary Range29k - 49k$39k$38,563
$23k
$65k

High Paying Program Counselor Jobs

Which Companies Pay Program Counselors The Most?

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 Altice USA and University Of Virginia Medical Center as they offer the highest salaries for program counselors.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Altice USA
Salary Range37k - 46k$42k$41,510
University Of Virginia Medical Center
Salary Range38k - 43k$41k$41,005
University of Tennessee
Salary Range38k - 42k$41k$40,809
Northwestern Medicine
Salary Range37k - 42k$40k$39,744
Virginia Commonwealth University
Salary Range37k - 41k$39k$39,474
Rock Hill
Salary Range34k - 37k$36k$35,969
Geo Group
Salary Range33k - 37k$36k$35,615
Liberty Healthcare Group
Salary Range32k - 35k$34k$34,396
City of Norfolk
Salary Range33k - 35k$34k$34,264
Alderman Library
Salary Range30k - 33k$32k$31,799
$28k
$46k

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Program Counselor Salary History

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    How Much Do Program Counselors Make In Different Industries?

    Program counselor salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with education, hospitality, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a program counselor can make a yearly salary of $37,318 while working for education companies. All the while, other program counselors are making $36,664 at hospitality companies and $36,399 at health care companies. One industry program counselors may want to avoid is the non profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $30,353.
    Industry
    Average Salary

    Education

    Salary Range33k - 40k$37k$37,318

    Hospitality

    Salary Range33k - 39k$37k$36,664

    Health Care

    Salary Range33k - 39k$36k$36,399

    Transportation

    Salary Range34k - 38k$36k$36,197

    Government

    Salary Range32k - 36k$34k$34,473

    Non Profits

    Salary Range28k - 32k$30k$30,353
    $28k
    $40k

    Recently Added Program Counselor Salaries

    Location
    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
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    Counselor 2 ACT Program
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    Washington, PA
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    01/29/2021
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    $39,449
    $39,449
    01/29/2021
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Counselor-Graduate Maintenance Program
    Counselor-Graduate Maintenance Program
    Counselor-Graduate Maintenance Program
    Norfolk, MA
    Norfolk, MA
    01/14/2021
    01/14/2021
    $40,000
    $40,000
    01/14/2021
    Marrakech, Inc.
    Marrakech, Inc.
    Lake Program Counselor Overnight Awake
    Lake Program Counselor Overnight Awake
    Lake Program Counselor Overnight Awake
    New Haven, CT
    New Haven, CT
    12/28/2020
    12/28/2020
    $30,783
    $30,783
    12/28/2020
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.
    Counselor-Tablet Program
    Counselor-Tablet Program
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    Shirley, MA
    Shirley, MA
    12/24/2020
    12/24/2020
    $38,000
    $38,000
    12/24/2020
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    Fashion Institute of Technology
    EOP Program Counselor (Temporary)-Fashion Institute of Technology
    EOP Program Counselor (Temporary)-Fashion Institute of Technology
    EOP Program Counselor (Temporary)-Fashion Institute of Technology
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    11/23/2020
    11/23/2020
    $52,175
    $52,175
    11/23/2020
    Counselor, Program, County
    Counselor, Program, County
    Newark, NJ
    Newark, NJ
    11/18/2020
    11/18/2020
    $38,296
    $38,296
    11/18/2020
    JCCs of North America
    JCCs of North America
    Counselor for After School @ The J Program
    Counselor for After School @ The J Program
    Counselor for After School @ The J Program
    Maitland, FL
    Maitland, FL
    10/14/2020
    10/14/2020
    $17,865
    $17,865
    10/14/2020
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc.
    Counselor 1 or 2 CTT Program
    Counselor 1 or 2 CTT Program
    Counselor 1 or 2 CTT Program
    Waynesburg, PA
    Waynesburg, PA
    10/12/2020
    10/12/2020
    $34,540
    $34,540
    10/12/2020
    Counselor for After School @ The J Program
    Counselor for After School @ The J Program
    Maitland, FL
    Maitland, FL
    10/12/2020
    10/12/2020
    $17,865
    $17,865
    10/12/2020
    Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
    Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
    Outpatient Program Counselor
    Outpatient Program Counselor
    Outpatient Program Counselor
    Fine, NY
    Fine, NY
    09/24/2020
    09/24/2020
    $25,334
    $25,334
    09/24/2020