Resident Assistant Salary

Women account for the majority of Resident Assistants in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $10.05 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Some workers in this field — a majority — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by about two in five and dental plans are enjoyed by just under one in three. The majority of Resident Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$13,765 - $50,000
$14K
$26K
$50K
MEDIAN: $25,992
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$8.46 - $12.79
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$13
MEDIAN: $10.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,765 - $50,000  
   
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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$17,499 - $28,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.46 - $12.79  
   
Overtime
$9.88 - $19.37  
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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$17,499 - $28,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 449

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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

  • 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.

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Resident Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Registered Nurse. The average Registered Nurse brings home $56K per year. A common career progression for a Resident Assistant is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Resident Assistants, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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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.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Resident Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Resident Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 318 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Resident Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Resident Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 65 salaries. A Resident Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 18 salaries.

Resident Assistant Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Resident Assistant

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Resident Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲2%

Experienced
▲2%

National Average
$21,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
▼0%

National Average
$21,000

Elder Care
▼1%

Long Term Care
▼1%

Assisted Living
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 56%
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