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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

21-1012 Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

Advise and assist students and provide educational and vocational guidance services.


National estimates for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
Industry profile for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors
Geographic profile for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors

National estimates for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
292,230 0.8 % $ 29.96 $ 62,320 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.12 $ 21.67 $ 27.94 $ 36.50 $ 47.07
Annual Wage (2) $ 35,620 $ 45,080 $ 58,120 $ 75,920 $ 97,910


Industry profile for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 144,850 1.76 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70,400 2.32 $ 26.47 $ 55,060
Junior Colleges 23,870 3.50 $ 30.50 $ 63,440
Educational Support Services 9,420 5.09 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 8,600 2.99 $ 21.81 $ 45,350

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Educational Support Services 9,420 5.09 $ 28.23 $ 58,710
Junior Colleges 23,870 3.50 $ 30.50 $ 63,440
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 8,600 2.99 $ 21.81 $ 45,350
Technical and Trade Schools 3,250 2.59 $ 25.70 $ 53,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70,400 2.32 $ 26.47 $ 55,060

Top paying industries for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 770 0.04 $ 36.17 $ 75,230
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 70 (7) $ 34.20 $ 71,140
Elementary and Secondary Schools 144,850 1.76 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
Insurance Carriers 60 0.01 $ 31.09 $ 64,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,100 0.15 $ 31.03 $ 64,540


Geographic profile for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 31,080 1.89 0.90 $ 39.11 $ 81,350
Texas 25,960 2.15 1.02 $ 28.78 $ 59,860
New York 25,560 2.94 1.40 $ 33.54 $ 69,760
Florida 18,590 2.20 1.05 $ 25.37 $ 52,770
Illinois 13,660 2.43 1.16 $ 27.85 $ 57,920




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 960 3.41 1.62 $ 27.22 $ 56,610
Louisiana 6,080 3.38 1.61 $ 26.95 $ 56,050
New Hampshire 2,050 3.31 1.58 $ 27.06 $ 56,290
Hawaii 1,710 2.99 1.42 $ 29.91 $ 62,220
Arizona 8,460 2.99 1.42 $ 25.09 $ 52,190




Top paying states for Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 31,080 1.89 0.90 $ 39.11 $ 81,350
New Jersey 6,910 1.83 0.87 $ 36.07 $ 75,030
Virginia 6,980 1.89 0.90 $ 35.38 $ 73,590
Massachusetts 7,950 2.37 1.13 $ 34.99 $ 72,780
Maryland 5,580 2.21 1.05 $ 34.96 $ 72,720





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 21,820 2.47 1.18 $ 35.90 $ 74,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,000 2.06 0.98 $ 40.00 $ 83,210
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 10,020 2.30 1.09 $ 29.35 $ 61,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,590 2.18 1.04 $ 39.78 $ 82,750
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,440 3.06 1.45 $ 25.67 $ 53,400
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,330 1.76 0.84 $ 29.77 $ 61,920
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 6,260 2.49 1.19 $ 26.49 $ 55,110
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,050 2.33 1.11 $ 34.67 $ 72,110
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 5,920 1.99 0.95 $ 30.18 $ 62,770
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,110 1.94 0.92 $ 29.64 $ 61,650




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Prescott, AZ 410 6.66 3.17 $ 23.99 $ 49,900
Athens-Clarke County, GA 520 6.13 2.92 $ 23.27 $ 48,410
College Station-Bryan, TX 640 5.94 2.83 $ 23.41 $ 48,700
Columbia, MO 520 5.85 2.79 (8) (8)
Champaign-Urbana, IL 530 5.50 2.62 $ 24.70 $ 51,370
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 490 5.50 2.62 $ 24.91 $ 51,810
Corvallis, OR 190 5.38 2.56 $ 26.66 $ 55,460
Auburn-Opelika, AL 290 5.09 2.42 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Provo-Orem, UT 1,160 4.57 2.18 $ 27.39 $ 56,970
Flagstaff, AZ 240 4.27 2.03 $ 23.15 $ 48,160