How Much Does A School Counselor Make?

School counselors have a very important role to play in ensuring that a student’s time in elementary or high school is a productive and happy one. They work not only with teachers, administrators and the students themselves but also serve as a very important bridge between parents and the rest of the school community.

There are good opportunities for school counselors in the next few years mainly because of the increase in enrollment. School counselors are paid well, although a master’s degree is necessary to enter the profession.

Average School Counselor Annual Salary

$57,620

The average annual salary for school counselors is $57,620 a year. Salaries start at $32,400 a year and go up to $90,030 a year.

Average School Counselor Hourly Wage

$27.70

The average hourly wage for a school counselor is $27.70. Hourly wages were between $15.58 and $43.28 an hour.

Stats were based out of 260,670 employed school counselors in the United States.

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Executive School Counselor

$90,030/year $43.28/hour

(Top 10% of School Counselors)


Senior School Counselor

$70,930/year $34.10/hour

(Top 25% of School Counselors)


Mid Level School Counselor

$54,560/year $26.23/hour

(Median)


Junior School Counselor

$41,650/year $20.02/hour

(Bottom 25% of School Counselors)


Entry Level School Counselor

$32,400/year $15.58/hour

(Bottom 10% of School Counselors)


School Counselor Average Salary Comparison

Social Workers, All Other
$59k / year
$28 / hour
Health Educators
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$55k / year
$26 / hour
Healthcare Social Workers
$55k / year
$26 / hour
Marriage and Family Therapists
$54k / year
$26 / hour
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
$47k / year
$23 / hour
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
$47k / year
$22 / hour
Counselors, All Other
$47k / year
$22 / hour
Mental Health Counselors
$46k / year
$22 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For School Counselors

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For School Counselors

School Counselor Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 New Jersey $34.71 $72,200
#2 Alaska $34.44 $71,630
#3 New York $31.90 $66,350
#4 Massachusetts $31.68 $65,890
#5 California $31.06 $64,600
#6 Virginia $30.89 $64,250
#7 District of Columbia $30.62 $63,680
#8 Maryland $30.40 $63,230
#9 Connecticut $30.13 $62,680
#10 Rhode Island $29.23 $60,800
#11 Delaware $29.20 $60,740
#12 Washington $28.68 $59,660
#13 Pennsylvania $28.42 $59,110
#14 Texas $27.88 $57,980
#15 New Hampshire $27.84 $57,910
#16 Nebraska $27.78 $57,780
#17 Oregon $27.59 $57,380
#18 Illinois $27.55 $57,300
#19 Guam $27.37 $56,940
#20 Kentucky $27.25 $56,680
#21 Minnesota $27.07 $56,300
#22 Ohio $26.76 $55,650
#23 Vermont $26.47 $55,070
#24 Georgia $26.28 $54,660
#25 Wyoming $26.23 $54,560
#26 North Dakota $26.14 $54,370
#27 Louisiana $26.00 $54,070
#28 Michigan $25.97 $54,030
#29 New Mexico $25.85 $53,770
#30 Hawaii $25.78 $53,620
#31 Arkansas $25.75 $53,550
#32 Florida $25.62 $53,300
#33 Indiana $24.98 $51,950
#34 Arizona $24.97 $51,940
#35 Alabama $24.92 $51,830
#36 South Carolina $24.68 $51,330
#37 Nevada $24.67 $51,310
#38 Iowa $24.48 $50,920
#39 Colorado $24.46 $50,880
#40 Wisconsin $24.42 $50,790
#41 Kansas $24.26 $50,460
#42 Maine $23.72 $49,330
#43 Montana $23.57 $49,010
#44 Mississippi $23.38 $48,640
#45 Tennessee $23.32 $48,500
#46 North Carolina $23.27 $48,400
#47 Utah $23.27 $48,400
#48 Missouri $22.88 $47,580
#49 Virgin Islands $22.59 $46,980
#50 West Virginia $21.36 $44,430
#51 Idaho $21.04 $43,760
#52 Oklahoma $20.63 $42,920
#53 South Dakota $20.44 $42,520
#54 Puerto Rico $17.56 $36,520

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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