Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

21-1012 Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors

Counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
208,340 1.0 % $22.19 $46,160 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.99 $15.94 $21.20 $27.29 $33.81
Annual Wage (2) $24,930 $33,160 $44,100 $56,770 $70,320

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 127,400 $24.78 $51,550 1 3
Colleges and universities 23,660 $19.31 $40,160 2 8
Junior colleges 11,970 $22.08 $45,920 3 4
Vocational rehabilitation services 10,720 $13.23 $27,510 4 29
State government (OES designation) 6,580 $21.17 $44,040 5 6

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Management and technical consulting services (6) $35.46 $73,750 (6) 1
Federal government (OES designation) 760 $25.91 $53,900 16 2
Elementary and secondary schools 127,400 $24.78 $51,550 1 3
Junior colleges 11,970 $22.08 $45,920 3 4
Educational support services 1,900 $21.64 $45,010 11 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Louisiana 5,960 $19.76 $41,110 0.325% 184
Florida 18,660 $22.08 $45,920 0.262% 174
Vermont 750 $19.85 $41,290 0.255% 165
Hawaii 1,330 $20.41 $42,450 0.242% 196
Oklahoma 3,250 $17.03 $35,430 0.228% 234

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 13,720 $29.28 $60,910 0.166% 137
New Jersey 5,740 $28.45 $59,170 0.149% 147
Michigan 5,800 $25.41 $52,850 0.133% 146
Connecticut 3,030 $24.83 $51,650 0.185% 168
California 21,820 $24.17 $50,270 0.151% 229

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 1,280 $22.02 $45,790 0.437%
Chico-Paradise, CA MSA 300 $19.57 $40,710 0.404%
Sumter, SC MSA 150 $14.49 $30,140 0.403%
Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA 410 $22.91 $47,640 0.362%
Yuba City, CA MSA 140 $21.78 $45,300 0.361%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 6,250 $35.41 $73,650 0.156%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 370 $31.19 $64,870 0.152%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 200 $30.88 $64,240 0.118%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 760 $30.08 $62,570 0.120%
Newark, NJ PMSA 1,550 $29.38 $61,120 0.162%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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