Counselors Salary Information

The salary statistics of counselors are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of counselors in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of counselors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The counselors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for counselors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) counselors is $80,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,930. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 197% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of counselors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.65% 5.78%
1.76% -
1.42% -
0.56% -
0.52% -
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Table 2. Counselors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of counselors in 15 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for counselors occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $60,610. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $29,680).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
Educational Services
Federal, State, and Local Government
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Retail Trade


💰 Highest paying industries for counselors.