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Updated July 11, 2022

Average School Counselor Salary

$46,277 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$22.25 hourly

Entry level Salary
$33,000 yearly
$33,000
10 %
$46,277
Median
$64,000
90 %

How much does a School Counselor make?

School counselors make $46,277 per year on average, or $22.25 per hour, in the United States. School counselors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000.

Location impacts how much a school counselor can expect to make. School counselors make the most in California, Washington, North Dakota, New Hampshire, and Hawaii.

Highest Paying States For School Counselors

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

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School Counselor average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1New Hampshire$52,363$25.17159
2Washington$56,255$27.05491
3Pennsylvania$46,716$22.46944
4California$58,756$28.251,966
5Delaware$47,550$22.86109
6Alaska$50,023$24.0578
7North Dakota$56,079$26.9645
8Oregon$48,012$23.08361
9Minnesota$48,888$23.50469
10Massachusetts$46,637$22.421,287
11New Jersey$47,916$23.04658
12New Mexico$47,740$22.95126
13Connecticut$44,438$21.36479
14Montana$42,443$20.41142
15New York$46,065$22.151,102
16Texas$46,368$22.29954
17Maine$43,854$21.0893
18Mississippi$45,886$22.0688
19Kansas$44,029$21.17168
20Iowa$42,626$20.49201
21Maryland$45,399$21.83473
22Idaho$41,657$20.03112
23Hawaii$50,082$24.0840
24Arizona$39,105$18.80578
25Illinois$39,295$18.891,264
26District of Columbia$43,092$20.72127
27Nevada$40,464$19.45126
28Virginia$44,154$21.23418
29Michigan$38,376$18.45586
30Ohio$39,891$19.18474
31Vermont$40,955$19.6951
32South Dakota$41,459$19.9334
33Oklahoma$39,139$18.82184
34Nebraska$40,092$19.27101
35West Virginia$39,617$19.0553
36Utah$40,602$19.5286
37Georgia$38,868$18.69512
38Rhode Island$35,897$17.2698
39Missouri$37,361$17.96406
40Tennessee$37,599$18.08281
41Arkansas$37,665$18.11124
42Wisconsin$38,823$18.66239
43North Carolina$38,106$18.32419
44Colorado$36,434$17.52447
45Wyoming$31,758$15.2748
46Indiana$35,788$17.21361
47Louisiana$33,016$15.87225
48Florida$31,900$15.34995
49Kentucky$34,603$16.64145
50South Carolina$31,730$15.25247
51Alabama$33,683$16.19149

Highest Paying Cities For School Counselors

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Pacifica, CA$61,233$29.44
2Seattle, WA$57,012$27.41
3El Paso, TX$49,110$23.61
4Minneapolis, MN$48,926$23.52
5Salem, OR$48,187$23.17
6Paterson, NJ$47,914$23.04
7Albuquerque, NM$47,542$22.86
8Philadelphia, PA$46,665$22.44
9New York, NY$46,083$22.16
10Alexandria, VA$45,550$21.90
11Kansas City, KS$44,296$21.30
12Waterloo, IA$43,341$20.84
13Washington, DC$43,138$20.74
14Missoula, MT$43,129$20.74
15Rockford, IL$39,627$19.05

School Counselor Salary Details

School Counselor Salary

What is a School Counselor's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$64,000$5,333$31
75th Percentile$54,000$4,500$26
Average$46,277$3,856$22
25th Percentile$38,000$3,167$18
10th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Counselor Internship$44,594$3,716$21.44132,694
Student Services Counselor$42,567$3,547$20.46104,698
Student Support Counselor$40,072$3,339$19.27134,839
Residential Counselor$32,158$2,680$15.4681,287
Admissions Counselor$38,938$3,245$18.7243,413
School Social Worker$48,562$4,047$23.35122,376

How would you rate the starting salaries for School Counselors, as well as the prospects for salary advancement?

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Board Certified Diplomate/Fellow, in African Centered/ Black Psychology, Associate Professor,, SUNY Oswego

The OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook) provides median salary estimates for hundreds of occupations. Licensure, advanced training, continuing education, and years in the field typically correspond with a salary increase. It is advisable to negotiate, in the interview process, for a salary increase upon completion of credentialing, at each level in your prospective field. For a sample of median salaries in the field, see https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-socialservice/home.htm.Show more

Which Companies Pay School Counselors The Most?

The highest paying companies for school counselors are AdventHealth and The City University of New York according to our most recent salary estimates. In addition, companies like Pioneer High School and California State University report highly competitive wages for school counselors.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1AdventHealth$66,977$32.2034
2The City University of New York$57,825$27.806
3Pioneer High School$57,499$27.642
4California State University$57,239$27.52
5Paradise Valley Unified School District$55,144$26.512
6Lancaster School District$55,090$26.494
7Mastery Charter Schools$54,736$26.3216
8Central Valley School District$54,599$26.252
9Leidos$54,106$26.01351
10Township High School District 113$53,963$25.944
11West Covina USD$53,822$25.888
12Columbia Public Schools$53,297$25.622
13The Bear Creek School$53,248$25.601
14Washington School District$53,140$25.5510
15Chicago Public Schools$53,067$25.51122
16New York City School Construction Authority$52,951$25.46
17Sycamore School$52,831$25.402
18New York Film Academy$52,772$25.37
19Julian Charter School$52,594$25.294
20Danbury Public Schools$52,461$25.229

School Counselor Salary Trends

The salary for a school counselor can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Average School Counselor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    School Counselor Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$46,300$22.25+1.9%
    2021$45,400$21.84+1.3%
    2020$44,800$21.56+1.6%
    2019$44,100$21.21+1.5%
    2018$43,400$20.89+1.6%

    Recently Added School Counselor Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Illinois Mathematics and Science AcademySchool CounselorAurora, IL06/02/2022$52,165
    Catapult LearningK-8 School Counselor AN HourTucson, AZ06/01/2022$93,915
    Seneca Family of AgenciesClassroom Counselor-SAN Francisco Public SchoolsSan Francisco, CA05/31/2022$50,088
    Florida Atlantic UniversityAfter School CounselorBoca Raton, FL05/31/2022$27,131
    January 2022 Start In Aurora, IllinoisSchool CounselorAurora, IL05/31/2022$52,165
    LeidosMilitary and Family Life School CounselorMalmstrom Air Force Base, MT05/31/2022$52,650
    LeidosMilitary Family Life School CounselorTacoma, WA05/31/2022$52,650
    Seneca CenterClassroom Counselor-SAN Francisco Public SchoolsSan Francisco, CA05/31/2022$50,088
    Sierra Vista Unified School DistrictSchool Counselor-CtedSierra Vista, AZ05/27/2022$32,975
    Loomis Union ElementarySchool Counselor TK-8 (Start In School Year)Loomis, CA05/27/2022$82,936

    School Counselor Salaries FAQs

    What state pays School Counselors the most?

    California pays School Counselors the most in the United States, with an average salary of $58,756 per year, or $28.25 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a School Counselor?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a School Counselor if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Washington you should be paid close to $56,255 per year.

    What type of School Counselor gets paid the most?

    Group Counselor gets paid the most. Group Counselor made a median salary of $51,176. The best-paid 10 percent make $88,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $29,000.

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