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Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors Salary Information

The salary statistics of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The educational, guidance, school, and vocational 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. Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,400
25th Percentile Wage
$41,650
50th Percentile Wage
$54,560
75th Percentile Wage
$70,930
90th Percentile Wage
$90,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors is $90,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $54,560. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,400. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 177% 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 educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201654,5601.65%1.74%
201553,6600.54%-
201453,370-0.43%-
201353,600-0.02%-
201253,610--

Table 2. Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors in 8 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 educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $66,970. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $37,080).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$66,970
Educational Services
$56,940
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,130
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$47,720
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$42,870
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$41,440
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,080

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors by States

From the above tables we note that not only educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,400 to $69,900. The highest paying state for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors is Alaska with a median annual salary of $69,900. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $34,400. For more salary information of educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$69,900
New Jersey
$69,470
Massachusetts
$63,900
Delaware
$62,710
Connecticut
$62,390
New York
$60,640
District of Columbia
$60,370
Washington
$60,250
California
$60,150
Maryland
$59,440
Virginia
$58,980
Texas
$58,460
Rhode Island
$58,330
New Hampshire
$57,330
Pennsylvania
$57,200
Kentucky
$57,130
Nebraska
$57,040
Oregon
$54,410
Louisiana
$54,310
Wyoming
$54,190
Arkansas
$53,980
Vermont
$53,710
Hawaii
$53,680
Nevada
$53,490
North Dakota
$53,220
Georgia
$53,130
Alabama
$53,120
Minnesota
$52,820
Ohio
$52,640
New Mexico
$52,200
Florida
$51,570
Michigan
$50,900
Illinois
$50,820
Iowa
$50,300
Indiana
$49,810
Mississippi
$49,730
South Carolina
$49,510
Kansas
$48,740
Colorado
$48,420
Wisconsin
$48,350
North Carolina
$47,370
Montana
$47,050
Tennessee
$46,930
Maine
$46,810
Arizona
$46,550
Virgin Islands
$46,130
Utah
$45,350
West Virginia
$44,900
Missouri
$44,570
Idaho
$41,400
Oklahoma
$41,300
South Dakota
$40,050
Puerto Rico
$34,400



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