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Resident Assistant Salary

Resident Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $9.32 per hour on average. Although more than two-fifths have medical coverage and approximately one-third have dental coverage, over one-half claim no health benefits at all. Resident Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 85 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$11,720 - $88,769
(Median)
$12K
$23K
$89K
MEDIAN: $23,349
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$7.98 - $12.14
(Median)
$8
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$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$11,720 - $88,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.34  
Total Pay (?
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$16,460 - $26,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $12.14  
   
Overtime
$3.96 - $18.76  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $201.34  
   
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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$16,460 - $26,664  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Registered Nurses. That role pays $55K per year on average. Resident Assistants most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Job skills reported by Resident Assistants are limited. Assisted Living and Elder Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $20K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $21K. Resident Assistants see a median salary of $19K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Resident Assistants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $20K.

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

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$20,000

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Elder Care
up arrow 5%

Assisted Living
up arrow 5%

National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 32%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 55%