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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,660
25th Percentile Wage
$42,290
50th Percentile Wage
$55,410
75th Percentile Wage
$72,240
90th Percentile Wage
$91,960

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 $91,960. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,660. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 181% 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 educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$55,410
1.53% 3.25%
2016
$54,560
1.65% -
2015
$53,660
0.54% -
2014
$53,370
-0.43% -
2013
$53,600
-0.02% -
2012
$53,610
- -

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

The average salaries of educational, guidance, school, and vocational 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 educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $61,450. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $18,220).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$61,450
Educational Services
$57,660
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,240
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,210
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,010
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$44,590
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$43,860
Health Care and Social Assistance
$37,300
Retail Trade
$31,750
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$18,220

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 $33,280 to $69,120. The highest paying state for educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors is New Jersey with a median annual salary of $69,120. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $33,280. 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
New Jersey
$69,120
Alaska
$67,340
Connecticut
$66,340
Delaware
$65,180
Massachusetts
$64,300
District of Columbia
$63,050
California
$62,790
Washington
$61,930
New York
$61,140
Virginia
$61,110
Maryland
$61,050
Texas
$60,280
Rhode Island
$59,590
Kentucky
$59,530
Pennsylvania
$58,940
Nebraska
$58,800
Guam
$58,230
Hawaii
$56,920
New Hampshire
$56,900
Oregon
$56,890
Nevada
$55,730
North Dakota
$55,650
Louisiana
$55,460
New Mexico
$55,320
Wyoming
$54,320
Arkansas
$54,220
Georgia
$54,170
Ohio
$54,110
Alabama
$54,000
Minnesota
$53,050
Iowa
$51,910
Michigan
$51,850
Mississippi
$51,590
South Carolina
$50,410
Illinois
$49,950
Wisconsin
$49,010
Indiana
$48,850
Colorado
$48,760
North Carolina
$48,590
Florida
$48,300
Tennessee
$48,270
Vermont
$47,740
Arizona
$47,620
Virgin Islands
$47,620
Maine
$47,490
Kansas
$47,390
West Virginia
$46,190
Utah
$45,780
Missouri
$45,480
Montana
$44,730
Oklahoma
$40,850
South Dakota
$40,510
Idaho
$39,760
Puerto Rico
$33,280



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