Resident Assistant Salary

Resident Assistants in the United States take home approximately $9.77 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $8.06 per hour on the low end to $12.43 on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than one-half — do not have any health coverage, approximately half do receive medical benefits and approximately two in five have dental insurance. There are far more female Resident Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. The majority of Resident Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$15,205 - $88,769

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$8.06 - $12.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$15,205 - $88,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
Total Pay (?
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$16,775 - $27,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $12.43  
   
Overtime
$6.12 - $18.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,775 - $27,763  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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Job Description for Resident Assistant

  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.
  • Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.

Common Career Paths for Resident Assistant


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Resident Assistants who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $55K annually. Resident Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $16K to just $23K — but Emeritus, Assisted Living offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $18K.


Survey takers who work as Resident Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Home Health/Home Care, Elder Care, and Assisted Living can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $20K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $22K. Resident Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Resident Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistant in Knoxville:
"A Memorable Experience."
Pros: Being able to care for others who cannot always help themselves. Every day is a challenge, but seeing my residents smiling faces when I come in to work knowing they depend on me as the one who will oversee their day makes it a pleasure to undergo all the strenuous duties I perform.
Cons: Not getting to spend more time with the residents and not getting to talk to them because I have so many other things to take care of. Dishes, serving 3 meals, washing and drying laundry and putting it away, taking out the trash. It's all so time consuming that it takes me away from them.

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Experience Affects Resident Assistant Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
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Elder Care
up arrow 2%

Assisted Living
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 47%
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