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What You Need to Know About Counselor

Job Description: All counselors not listed separately.

Types of Counselor

  • Ecclesiastical Worker
  • Debt Counselor
  • Community Center Worker
  • Offender Job Retention Specialist
  • Children’s Counselor

Counselor Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 31,800 jobs for Counselor in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 4,500 new jobs for Counselor by 2026. The BLS estimates 3,900 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Counselor are Arizona, Virginia, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, Idaho, or Louisiana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Counselor

Counselors make between $26,100 and $77,310 a year.


Counselors who work in Alabama, Oregon, or Pennsylvania, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Counselors in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $59,150
Alaska $58,800
Arizona $47,000
Arkansas $37,660
California $56,500
Colorado $55,730
Connecticut $57,290
District of Columbia $47,320
Florida $40,550
Georgia $34,010
Hawaii $56,530
Illinois $37,010
Indiana $54,020
Iowa $40,010
Kansas $41,720
Louisiana $36,870
Maryland $39,370
Massachusetts $47,680
Michigan $40,140
Minnesota $47,440
Missouri $33,540
Nebraska $34,380
Nevada $61,100
New Jersey $62,860
New Mexico $52,450
New York $51,310
North Carolina $46,660
North Dakota $46,200
Ohio $44,790
Oklahoma $44,990
Oregon $57,120
Pennsylvania $57,120
Rhode Island $35,700
Tennessee $40,180
Texas $58,110
Utah $39,220
Vermont $42,280
Washington $55,250
West Virginia $30,040
Wisconsin $46,820

Where Counselors Are Employed


The table below shows the approximate number of Counselors employed by various industries.



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