A youth counselor is a professional who works in settings such as schools, family therapy services and assisted living facilities for youths to assist children and adolescents. These youths require counseling, rehabilitation and other services of support. The salary for these counselors can vary based on the type of environment they work in.
Educational requirements vary by the type of employer. Most states require a master's degree in human services, psychology or a related discipline. Youth counselors in group homes are often required to have a bachelor's degree, and in schools they are often required to hold a master's degree and a state-administered school counseling certification.
Educational, Vocational and School Counselors
Youth counselors who work with students in schools are often referred to as educational, vocational or school counselors. These professionals typically work in elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, vocational rehabilitation services, and individual and family services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 251,050 of these professionals were employed in the United States in May 2009. Annual median wages were $52,550. The 25th percentile earned $40,260 and the 75th percentile earned $67,160.
Marriage and Family Therapists
Youth counselors who work with families are often referred to as marriage and family therapists. These professionals diagnose and treat a variety of issues related to marriage and family problems. In many cases, these professionals work with the entire family to improve relationships. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 26,450 of these professionals were employed in the United States in May 2009. Annual median wages were $46,920. The 25th percentile earned $36,480 and the 75th percentile for $58,440.
Other Youth Counselors
Youth counselors can work in other services related to assisting children and adolescents. Examples include group or residential homes, juvenile detention and other services. In January 2011, CBSalary.com reported an average salary of $31,000 per year for these professionals. The 25th percentile earned $23,107 per year and the 75th percentile earned $42,966 per year.