School Counselor Salary

School counselors play a vital role in the lives of students. It is in their hands to ensure a child’s emotional readiness in coping with the stress and pressure of school life. It is not always true that parents are available for helping the child cope, and here is where counselors are needed most. They stand as secondary parents and friends to children at school. But how much is the average school counselor salary? What really is within their scope of work?

The job of a school counselor is no easy task; from administering to interpreting tests, and providing psychological support. To those who work with college level individuals, they even provide talks for the student’s career paths and get them ready for the professional world. The voice of a counselor is often the third voice in a student’s life that helps them make better choices and gets them through personal and social issues that would otherwise stop them from achieving their academic goals.

Being a school counselor is a fulfilling job. If a math teacher deals with arithmetic; counselors deal with day to day trials and lessons of an individual. To be a good and special in this profession, certain educational attainment is required by most public and private schools. Some require degrees, and or certifications. Additional certifications, licenses, and recognition are used to indicate a certain level of professional proficiency by which the school counselor salary is computed against.

The average median pay in 2012 of a school counselor was $53,610 a year, and that equates to $25.77 per hour according to the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It doesn’t sound much, but the work is more about giving something of you to others rather than what you can get from others. Having the right attitude towards this kind of work, as well as keeping up to date with the latest counseling trends and protocols are what make this job tick. *

The American Counseling Association and the National Association for College Admission Counseling have professional development courses that a dedicated school counselor can take advantage of. More certificates, trainings, and additional licenses often equate to a higher school counselor salary.

Being an advocate for students is a counselor’s main role. According to BLS, there were 262,300 school counselor job openings in 2012.  However, between the years 2012 to 2022, a projected rise of 12% is expected. *

 If you feel that you have what it takes to be an angel to school children and are ready to take the challenge; join the people who are giving help and support to our future, our children.


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