How much does a Counselor - Higher Ed. make in the United States? The average Counselor - Higher Ed. salary in the United States is $63,541 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $55,060 and $73,282. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Counselor - Higher Ed. Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Counselor - Higher Ed. Salary $47,338 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Counselor - Higher Ed. Salary $55,060 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Counselor - Higher Ed. Salary $63,541 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Counselor - Higher Ed. Salary $73,282 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Counselor - Higher Ed. Salary $82,151 US March 26, 2024
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What skills does a Counselor - Higher Ed. need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Planning: An act or process of making or carrying out plans. Establishment of goals, policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit city planning business planning.


Group Therapy: Group psychotherapy or group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which one or more therapists treat a small group of clients together as a group. The term can legitimately refer to any form of psychotherapy when delivered in a group format, including cognitive behavioural therapy or interpersonal therapy, but it is usually applied to psychodynamic group therapy where the group context and group process is explicitly utilised as a mechanism of change by developing, exploring and examining interpersonal relationships within the group. The broader concept of group therapy can be taken to include any helping process that takes place in a group, including support groups, skills training groups (such as anger management, mindfulness, relaxation training or social skills training), and psychoeducation groups. The differences between psychodynamic groups, activity groups, support groups, problem-solving and psycoeducational groups have been discussed by psychiatrist Charles Montgomery. Other, more specialised forms of group therapy would include non-verbal expressive therapies such as art therapy, dance therapy, or music therapy.


Futures: Futures are derivative financial contracts obligating the buyer to purchase an asset or the seller to sell an asset at a predetermined future date and set price.

Planning 5.24%
Group Therapy 2.08%
Futures 1.44%
Others 91.24%

Job Description for Counselor - Higher Ed.

Counselor - Higher Ed. consults student in individual or group with academic, financial, and personal matters. Has responsibilities of therapy, vocational testing and assessment, program development and evaluation, and outreach activities. Being a Counselor - Higher Ed. requires a master's degree of clinical/counseling psychology. Typically reports to department head. The Counselor - Higher Ed. contributes to moderately complex aspects of a project. Work is generally independent and collaborative in nature. To be a Counselor - Higher Ed. typically requires 4 to 7 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Counselor - Higher Ed. salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Counselor - Higher Ed., the highest Counselor - Higher Ed. salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Counselor - Higher Ed. salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Counselor - Higher Ed. salary is in Miami, FL, where the Counselor - Higher Ed. salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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