How much does a School Counselor make in California?

Average School Counselor Yearly Salary in California

School Counselors earn an average yearly salary of $61,547. Salaries typically start from $29,078 and go up to $98,421.

Average School Counselor Hourly Wage in California

School Counselors earn an average hourly wage of $29.59. Hourly wages typically start from $13.98 and go up to $47.32.

Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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School counselors who work in high schools typically earn more, as do counselors with a master’s degree or higher. School counselors with a master’s degree will have the greatest job opportunities and security, and can increase an annual salary by $10,000. Hiring will vary by geographic location, depending on state and local government budgets.

Here is a range of school counselor salaries reported by varying sources:

Bureau of Labor Statistics - $53,610
Salary.com - $45,094 to $51,315
Glassdoor.com - $50,000

About 124,200 counselors work in elementary and secondary schools, their biggest employers. Second for jobs are colleges, universities, and professional schools, where 45,770 work. The highest mean wages are with the federal government, which provides about 850 positions. Second for income are business, professional, labor and political organizations, for 270 jobs.

Employment Type Mix

82%
Full-Time
18%
Part-Time

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Salary Satisfaction

3.1
SCORE
365
RATINGS
School Counselors average a score of 3.1 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places School Counselors in the 57th percentile of salary satisfaction.

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School Counselor Earnings by Seniority

Top End School Counselor Earnings

The highest earning School Counselors in California earn:

$47.32
an hour
$98,421.0
per year
Senior School Counselor Earnings

Senior School Counselors in California earn:

$39.42
an hour
$82,003.8
per year
Experienced School Counselor Earnings

Experienced School Counselors in California earn:

$27.35
an hour
$56,885.6
per year
Junior School Counselor Earnings

Junior School Counselors in California earn:

$20.03
an hour
$41,661.3
per year
Starting School Counselor Earnings

Starting School Counselors in California earn:

$13.98
an hour
$29,078.3
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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School Counselor Salary Comparison

School Counselors earn more than 50% percent of similar careers in California.

Career Counselor Salary $65k
Substance Abuse Social Worker Salary $64k
Kindergarten Teacher Salary $63k
Elementary School Teacher Salary $63k
Health Educator Salary $62k
School Counselor Salary $61k
Marriage Therapist Salary $55k
Childcare Program Administrator Salary $54k
Credit Counselor Salary $54k
Family Social Worker Salary $54k
Source: Sokanu (Aggregated)