Salary Guide: School Counselors

School Counselors provide educational and vocational guidance. Nationwide there are nearly 250,000 School Counselors who earn an average salary of $55,970.

Master’s degrees are usually required to become licensed counselors. To work in a school setting, states often require state certification or licensure, which sometimes includes the completion of continuing education courses.

Explore School Counselor programs in your area or online.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $52,410
Alaska: $67,530
Arizona: $45,360
Arkansas: $52,510
California: $63,110
Colorado: $47,950
Connecticut: $54,930
Delaware: $57,700
District of Columbia: $53,290
Florida: $54,930
Georgia: $54,870
Hawaii: $54,380
Idaho: $45,640
Illinois: $59,620
Indiana: $55,120
Iowa: $46,610
Kansas: $51,620
Kentucky: $55,700
Louisiana: $51,660
Maine: $47,540
Maryland: $64,290
Massachusetts: $58,080
Michigan: $54,920
Minnesota: $48,040
Mississippi: $47,440
Missouri: $47,380
Montana: $44,320
Nebraska: $52,540
Nevada: $55,950
New Hampshire: $49,750
New Jersey: $70,690
New Mexico: $55,550
New York: $62,500
North Carolina: $46,970
North Dakota: $48,130
Ohio: $57,770
Oklahoma: $44,830
Oregon: $51,710
Pennsylvania: $54,140
Rhode Island: $62,490
South Carolina: $58,680
South Dakota: $39,980
Tennessee: $44,980
Texas: $55,420
Utah: $49,210
Vermont: $51,900
Virginia: $59,300
Washington: $56,060
West Virginia: $41,480
Wisconsin: $51,960
Wyoming: $56,510

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $66,590
2. Los Angeles: $66,630
3. Chicago: $65,950
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $60,950
5. Philadelphia: $57,480
6. Houston: $54,040
7. Washington DC: $65,840
8. Miami: $51,960
9. Atlanta: $56,360
10. Boston: $59,180
11. San Francisco: $57,650
12. Detroit: $55,610
13. Riverside: $67,700
14. Phoenix: $46,190
15. Seattle: $56,740
16. Minneapolis: $49,800
17. San Diego: $59,560
18. St. Louis: $52,040
19. Tampa: $56,610
20. Baltimore: $57,830

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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