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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
296,370 0.8 % $ 30.33 $ 63,090 0.4 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.05 $ 22.78 $ 29.09 $ 37.12 $ 47.21
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,550 $ 47,390 $ 60,510 $ 77,210 $ 98,190


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 148,950 1.84 $ 34.04 $ 70,790
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 76,250 2.56 $ 26.24 $ 54,570
Junior Colleges 23,150 3.73 $ 30.85 $ 64,160
Educational Support Services 8,670 4.45 $ 28.06 $ 58,360
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 7,680 2.87 $ 20.42 $ 42,480

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 8,670 4.45 $ 28.06 $ 58,360
Junior Colleges 23,150 3.73 $ 30.85 $ 64,160
Technical and Trade Schools 4,000 3.06 $ 24.48 $ 50,930
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 7,680 2.87 $ 20.42 $ 42,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 76,250 2.56 $ 26.24 $ 54,570

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)
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds (8) (8) $ 36.98 $ 76,930
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities (8) (8) $ 36.74 $ 76,430
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 810 0.04 $ 36.49 $ 75,900
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 380 0.01 $ 35.96 $ 74,810
Insurance Carriers 60 (7) $ 34.29 $ 71,330


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.



Map of employment of educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors by state, May 2021


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 29,670 1.79 0.85 $ 39.22 $ 81,590
Texas 27,780 2.27 1.08 $ 28.64 $ 59,560
New York 23,610 2.72 1.29 $ 33.72 $ 70,150
Florida 15,830 1.84 0.87 $ 27.22 $ 56,610
Illinois 14,430 2.57 1.22 $ 27.83 $ 57,880


Map of location quotient of educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors by state, May 2021


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)
New Hampshire 3,080 4.84 2.30 $ 25.73 $ 53,510
Hawaii 2,160 3.94 1.87 $ 32.96 $ 68,560
Vermont 970 3.40 1.62 $ 27.63 $ 57,470
Louisiana 5,810 3.24 1.54 $ 28.12 $ 58,480
Utah 4,970 3.19 1.52 $ 25.82 $ 53,710


Map of annual mean wages of educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors by state, May 2021


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 29,670 1.79 0.85 $ 39.22 $ 81,590
New Jersey 6,700 1.74 0.83 $ 36.56 $ 76,040
Massachusetts 8,590 2.53 1.20 $ 36.38 $ 75,660
Washington 5,640 1.76 0.84 $ 36.14 $ 75,160
Maryland 6,170 2.42 1.15 $ 34.97 $ 72,730



Map of employment of educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors by area, May 2021


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 19,780 2.28 1.08 $ 36.69 $ 76,310
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 11,290 2.67 1.27 $ 28.92 $ 60,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,630 1.68 0.80 $ 38.60 $ 80,280
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,800 1.90 0.90 $ 29.70 $ 61,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,500 2.22 1.05 $ 38.43 $ 79,930
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,410 2.48 1.18 $ 30.91 $ 64,290
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 6,340 2.45 1.17 $ 36.54 $ 75,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,260 2.16 1.03 $ 30.19 $ 62,790
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,070 2.87 1.36 $ 26.86 $ 55,860
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 4,880 1.84 0.87 $ 33.86 $ 70,420


Map of location quotient of educational, guidance, and career counselors and advisors by area, May 2021


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)
Ames, IA 310 6.97 3.31 $ 24.45 $ 50,860
College Station-Bryan, TX 710 6.24 2.97 $ 21.09 $ 43,880
Athens-Clarke County, GA 520 6.06 2.88 $ 24.40 $ 50,750
Provo-Orem, UT 1,630 5.99 2.85 $ 24.87 $ 51,720
Champaign-Urbana, IL 560 5.72 2.72 $ 25.62 $ 53,290
Corvallis, OR 200 5.55 2.64 $ 28.76 $ 59,810
Auburn-Opelika, AL 330 5.52 2.63 $ 26.10 $ 54,290
Lawrence, KS 250 5.37 2.55 $ 22.91 $ 47,650
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN 480 5.30 2.52 $ 25.96 $ 54,000
Columbia, MO 490 5.30 2.52 $ 26.63 $ 55,390