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What is a Counselor?

Job Description & Duties All counselors not listed separately.

Types of Counselor Jobs

  • Service Officer
  • Employment Coach
  • Social Insurance Analyst
  • Adoption Counselor
  • Mental Health Consultant

Job Outlook for Counselors

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. There will be an estimated 3,900 positions for Counselor per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Counselors in U.S.

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.

Counselor Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Counselors is somewhere between $26,100 and $77,310.

Salary Ranges for Counselors

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

How much do Counselors make 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 Work

Counselor Sectors

Counselors work in the following industries:

Counselor Industries


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