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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,530
25th Percentile Wage
$34,390
50th Percentile Wage
$45,970
75th Percentile Wage
$61,040
90th Percentile Wage
$78,870

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 $78,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,970. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,530. It is noted 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of counselors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,9701.76%4.20%
201545,1601.42%-
201444,5200.56%-
201344,2700.52%-
201244,040--

Table 2. Counselors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of counselors in 10 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 $61,120. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $30,890).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$61,120
Educational Services
$56,810
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,490
Accommodation and Food Services
$43,830
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,640
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$41,500
Health Care and Social Assistance
$38,760
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$35,960
Retail Trade
$30,890


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