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

School Counselor Salaries
Updated December 31, 2020
Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
$35,000
$46,000
$60,000
School counselors in the United States make an average salary of $46,120 per year or $22.17 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level school counselor salary is roughly $35,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $60,000. If you like following the crowd, education 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, non profits, and health care companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Hawaii, California, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont provide the highest school counselor salaries.
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Where School Counselors Earn The Most

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

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How Much Do School Counselors Earn In Different Cities?

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to Hawaii, California and New Hampshire, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for school counselors. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Arkansas, Tennessee, and Indiana.
Location
City
Average Salary

Santa Rosa, CA

Salary Range51k - 75k$62k$62,407

Philadelphia, PA

Salary Range41k - 63k$51k$50,946

Jersey City, NJ

Salary Range40k - 62k$51k$50,656

New York, NY

Salary Range40k - 61k$50k$49,919

Chicago, IL

Salary Range37k - 57k$46k$46,446

Cleveland, OH

Salary Range35k - 55k$45k$44,522

Washington, DC

Salary Range34k - 53k$43k$43,136

Minneapolis, MN

Salary Range34k - 52k$43k$42,661

El Paso, TX

Salary Range34k - 51k$42k$42,323

Baltimore, MD

Salary Range33k - 52k$42k$42,161
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$75k

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Which Companies Pay School Counselors The Most?

To earn a high income as a school counselor, working for Leidos or New York Public Library might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Santa Rosa High School and State of Colorado report highly competitive salaries for school counselors.
Company
Company
Average Salary
Leidos
Salary Range62k - 71k$67k$66,780
New York Public Library
Salary Range54k - 58k$56k$56,294
Santa Rosa High School
Salary Range53k - 57k$56k$55,714
State of Colorado
Salary Range52k - 54k$54k$53,538
SC Department of Commerce
Salary Range52k - 54k$53k$53,276
Willingboro High School
Salary Range51k - 54k$53k$53,218
City of Roseville
Salary Range51k - 53k$53k$52,616
Santa Fe Public Schools
Salary Range50k - 54k$52k$52,332
Bilingual Therapies
Salary Range49k - 55k$52k$52,167
Henry County School District
Salary Range50k - 54k$52k$52,114
$47k
$71k

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School Counselor Salary History

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    How Experience Affects School Counselor Salaries

    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.

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
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    Windsor, CA
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    01/26/2021
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    $101,846
    $101,846
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    School Counselor .5 FTE @ Hill Education Center
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    Novato, CA
    Novato, CA
    01/16/2021
    01/16/2021
    $52,358
    $52,358
    01/16/2021
    Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
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    Aurora, IL
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    01/14/2021
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    $52,165
    $52,165
    01/14/2021
    New Story
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    School Counselor
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    Monroeville, PA
    Monroeville, PA
    01/08/2021
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    $47,584
    $47,584
    01/08/2021
    Alisal Union Elementary
    Alisal Union Elementary
    School Counselor
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    Salinas, CA
    Salinas, CA
    12/18/2020
    12/18/2020
    $46,838
    $46,838
    12/18/2020
    School Counselor Specialist
    School Counselor Specialist
    Woodward, OK
    Woodward, OK
    12/17/2020
    12/17/2020
    $55,000
    $55,000
    12/17/2020
    Southern Humboldt Joint Unified
    Southern Humboldt Joint Unified
    K-12 Behavioral/Social Emotional School Counselor
    K-12 Behavioral/Social Emotional School Counselor
    K-12 Behavioral/Social Emotional School Counselor
    Miranda, CA
    Miranda, CA
    12/17/2020
    12/17/2020
    $59,971
    $59,971
    12/17/2020
    Colorado State
    Colorado State
    School Counselor Coordinator #1579
    School Counselor Coordinator #1579
    School Counselor Coordinator #1579
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    12/11/2020
    12/11/2020
    $73,000
    $73,000
    12/11/2020
    Wisconsin Government
    Wisconsin Government
    School Counseling Consultant
    School Counseling Consultant
    School Counseling Consultant
    Dane, WI
    Dane, WI
    11/19/2020
    11/19/2020
    $58,052
    $58,052
    11/19/2020