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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$26,930|
|25th Percentile Wage||$34,950|
|50th Percentile Wage||$46,740|
|75th Percentile Wage||$61,950|
|90th Percentile Wage||$80,080|
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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of counselors from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |