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Overview
School counselors help students develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in school. Career counselors help people choose careers and follow a path to employment.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors are expected to grow by 13%, and should have about 35,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors are less likely to be automated than 91% of other careers.
Workforce size
Educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors, with 291,700 workers, form a larger workforce than 84% of careers.
Education
About 52% of counselors have a graduate-level education, and 79% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by counselors
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More counselors have graduate degrees than 93% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors is higher than 62% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors.
This job's median $56KAll jobs' median $39K$57K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 72% of counselors -- that's a larger percentage than 85% of other jobs.
Gender of counselors
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For counselors, the median men's salary was 1% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 28% of counselors are minority, and 8% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of counselors
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (8%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 62% of counselors, and 67% have company-sponsored health insurance (20% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for counselors
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 81% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (89%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (75%)
  • Time Pressure (48%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (41%)
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People (36%)
  • Consequence of Error (34%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do counselors earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group counselors, which combines the data for 6 careers, including educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all counselors, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for counselors compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for counselors (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Counselors (ACS)
Private for-profit (27.3%)
Private not-for-profit (29.4%)
Local government (18.0%)
State government (18.3%)
Federal government (2.7%)
Self-employed incorporated (1.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (2.6%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of counselors by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of counselors, which combines the 6 specialties for this career.
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Distribution: Salaries of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for counselors

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Counselors and gender

With 72% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 85% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Counselors
Men (28%)
Women (72%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is better for counselors, with the median salary for men only 0.6% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Counselors have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 92% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of counselors

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a higher percentage of minority counselors than for 83% of other careers. While this career employs many minorities, it employs a relatively small number of foreign-born people.

Race/origin of counselors
White (70% )
Black (20% )
Other (3% )
Asian (3% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
8%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for counselors by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$41K$41K$41K$41K$43K$43K$46K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAmerican IndianBlackMultiracialOtherPacific IslanderHispanicWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for counselors by nativity
$43K$44K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors typically hold a master's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as counselors as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for counselors.

Education attained by counselors
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors

Nearly all states and the District of Columbia require school counselors to have a master’s degree in school counseling or a related field. Degree programs teach counselors the essential skills of the job, such as how to foster academic development; conduct group and individual counseling; work with parents, school staff, and community organizations; and use data to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs for all students. These programs often require counselors to complete an internship.

Some employers prefer that career counselors have a master’s degree in counseling with a focus on career development. Career counseling programs prepare students to assess clients’ skills and interests and to teach career development techniques.

Many master’s degree programs in counseling require students to have a period of supervised experience, such as an internship.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors

Public school counselors must have a state-issued credential to practice. This credential can be called a certification, a license, or an endorsement, depending on the state. Licensure or certification typically requires a master’s degree in school counseling, an internship or practicum completed under the supervision of a licensed professional school counselor, and successful completion of a test.

Some states require applicants to have classroom teaching experience, or to hold a teaching license, prior to being certified. Most states require a criminal background check as part of the credentialing process. Information about requirements for each state is available from the American School Counselor Association.

Some states require licensure for career counselors; check with your state for more information. Contact information for state regulating boards is available from the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for counselors? Below we see the distribution of counselors salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as counselors, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$32K$33K$34K$39K$51K$58K$60K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KHigh School (5%)Some College (9%)Associate's Degree (5%)Bachelor's Degree (27%)Master's Degree (47%)Professional Deg/Doct (2%)Doctorate (2%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by counselors

This table shows the college majors held by people working as counselors. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Counselors with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
23.3%
$0$200K$53K
5.5%
$0$200K$48K
5.1%
$0$200K$51K
4.3%
$0$200K$54K
3.8%
$0$200K$49K
3.0%
$0$200K$50K
2.5%
$0$200K$56K
1.9%
$0$200K$63K
1.6%
$0$200K$60K
1.3%
$0$200K$55K
1.3%
$0$200K$63K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as counselors, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by counselors given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
CounselorsSocial workersElementary and middle school teachersPsychologistsManagers (specialized areas)Postsecondary teachersLawyers, judges, and magistratesPhysicians and surgeonsHuman resources workersEducation administratorsSocial and community service managersTherapists (specialized areas)Medical and health services managersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of office and administrative support workersRegistered nursesSecondary school teachersSpecial Education TeachersPreschool and kindergarten teachersTeachers and instructors (specialized areas)Accountants and auditorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersFinancial managersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarketing and sales managersPolice officersProbation officers and correctional treatment specialistsSecurity Guards and Gaming Surveillance OfficersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersDetectives and criminal investigatorsFirst-Line Supervisors of Police and DetectivesTeacher assistantsEditorsWriters and authorsCustomer service representativesRetail salespersonsPsychologySocial WorkGeneral EducationSociologyCounseling PsychologyBusiness Management andAdministrationCriminal Justice and FireProtectionElementary EducationEnglish Language andLiteratureCommunicationsAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for counselors

What jobs will most counselors hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of counselors reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

CounselorsSocial workersTherapists (specialized areas)Education administratorsElementary and middle school teachersPsychologistsMedical and health services managersSocial and community service managersManagers (specialized areas)
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for counselors

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 8 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as counselors as well as 1% of respondents after working as counselors. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for counselors
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Elementary and middle school teachers
164,300
$0$200K$51K
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Education administrators
45,800
$0$200K$68K
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
Psychologists
14,300
$0$200K$69K
Therapists (specialized areas)
3,000
$0$200K$47K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for counselors: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as counselors? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of counselors surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for counselors
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Personal care aides
418,400
$0$200K$22K
1.1%
Postsecondary teachers
172,500
$0$200K$62K
1.2%
Elementary and middle school teachers
164,300
$0$200K$51K
1.4%
Counselors
96,100
$0$200K$44K
47.2%
Social workers
84,700
$0$200K$43K
4.2%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
1.0%
Social and human service assistants
55,700
$0$200K$36K
1.4%
Teachers and instructors (specialized areas)
55,600
$0$200K$43K
1.3%
Education administrators
45,800
$0$200K$68K
1.9%
Medical and health services managers
36,700
$0$200K$69K
1.1%
Social and community service managers
16,300
$0$200K$54K
1.2%
Psychologists
14,300
$0$200K$69K
1.5%
Therapists (specialized areas)
3,000
$0$200K$47K
2.8%
No occupation
7.4%
Read about educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

School counselors typically do the following:

  • Evaluate students’ abilities and interests through aptitude assessments, interviews, and individual planning
  • Identify issues that affect school performance, such as poor classroom attendance rates
  • Help students understand and overcome social or behavioral problems through classroom guidance lessons and counseling
  • Counsel individuals and small groups on the basis of student and school needs
  • Work with students to develop skills, such as organizational and time management abilities and effective study habits
  • Help students create a plan to achieve academic and career goals
  • Collaborate with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students succeed
  • Teach students and school staff about specific topics, such as bullying, drug abuse, and planning for college or careers after graduation
  • Maintain records as required
  • Report possible cases of neglect or abuse and refer students and parents to resources outside the school for additional support

The specific duties of school counselors vary with the ages of their students.

Elementary school counselors focus on helping students develop certain skills, such as those used in decisionmaking and studying, that they need in order to be successful in their social and academic lives. School counselors meet with parents or guardians to discuss their child’s strengths and weaknesses, and any special needs and behavioral issues that the child might have. School counselors also work with teachers and administrators to ensure that the curriculum addresses both the developmental and academic needs of students.

Middle school counselors work with school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring, supportive environment for students to achieve academic success. They help the students develop the skills and strategies necessary to succeed academically and socially.

High school counselors advise students in making academic and career plans. Many help students overcome personal issues that interfere with their academic development. They help students choose classes and plan for their lives after graduation. Counselors provide information about choosing and applying for colleges, training programs, financial aid, and internships and apprenticeships. They may present career workshops to help students search and apply for jobs, write résumés, and improve their interviewing skills.

Career counselors typically do the following:

  • Use aptitude and achievement assessments to help clients evaluate their interests, skills, and abilities
  • Evaluate clients’ background, education, and training, to help them develop realistic goals
  • Guide clients through making decisions about their careers, such as choosing a new profession and the type of degree to pursue
  • Help clients learn job search skills, such as interviewing and networking
  • Assist clients in locating and applying for jobs, by teaching them strategies that will be helpful in finding openings and writing a résumé
  • Advise clients on how to resolve problems in the workplace, such as conflicts with bosses or coworkers
  • Help clients select and apply for educational programs, to obtain the necessary degrees, credentials, and skills

Career counselors work with clients at various stages of their careers. Some work in colleges, helping students choose a major or determine the jobs they are qualified for with their degrees. Career counselors also help people find and get jobs by teaching them job search, résumé writing, and interviewing techniques.

Career counselors also work with people who have already entered the workforce. These counselors develop plans to improve their clients’ current careers. They also provide advice about entering a new profession or helping to resolve workplace issues.

Some career counselors work in outplacement firms and assist laid-off workers with transitioning into new jobs or careers.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
School and career counselors interpret assessments to match interests and abilities with potential careers. 
Compassion
School and career counselors often work with people who are dealing with stressful and difficult situations, so they must be compassionate and empathize with their clients and students.
Interpersonal skills
School and career counselors must be able to work with people of all backgrounds and personalities. They spend most of their time working directly with clients, students, or other professionals and need to form and maintain good working relationships with them.
Listening skills
School and career counselors need good listening skills. They need to give their full attention to students and clients in order to understand their problems.
Speaking skills
School and career counselors must communicate effectively with clients and students. They should express ideas and information in a way that their clients and students understand easily.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors
Choose actual dollars or inflation-adjusted dollars to view
Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors was higher than 62% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors are anticipated to grow by 13% over the next decade; only 16% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all counselors, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for counselors compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for counselors.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all counselors, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Median salary ratio: Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors to all workers (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Counselors (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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