A Resident Assistant earns an average wage of $10.02 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$13,858 - $49,316
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MEDIAN: $22,000
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$8.42 - $12.50
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MEDIAN: $10.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,858 - $49,316  
   
Bonus
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$17,411 - $27,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.42 - $12.50  
   
Overtime
$10.54 - $19.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$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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$17,411 - $27,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 431

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Job Description for Resident Assistant

Resident assistants reside in college dormitories and play an active role in the lives of the students also living in that dormitory or hall. University and dormitory rules are enforced by the resident assistants, who must act as role models for the students under their supervision. University students may go to a resident assistant if they have academic or personal problems, and resident assistants provide support and referrals to campus resources as needed. Since living in a dormitory is a new experience for most students, resident assistants help students adjust to their new living arrangements and facilitate socialization in their dormitory (often working with other resident assistants to do so).

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Resident Assistant Tasks

  • 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.
  • Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
  • 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.

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Resident Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistant in Ithaca:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love getting to spend time with the residents each day. Doing morning exercises, Trivia and Sing A Longs, and my favorite is baking.
Cons: The pay. Getting mandated when someone calls off. Pricey health insurance.

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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Key Stats for Resident Assistant

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Resident Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Elder Care
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Long Term Care
0%

Home Health/Home Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Assisted Living
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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