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Resident Assistant Salary (United States)

Earnings for Resident Assistants in the United States typically come in at around $9.23 per hour. A little over a half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than two-fifths report medical coverage and slightly less than a third claim dental coverage as well. In a profession dominated by women, 85 percent of Resident Assistants are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Resident Assistants. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Resident Assistant Salary (?
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$11,675 - $90,604
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91K
MEDIAN: $24,999
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$7.94 - $12.11
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$11,675 - $90,604  
   
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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$16,391 - $27,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.94 - $12.11  
   
Overtime
$3.97 - $19.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$16,391 - $27,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Resident Assistants move into roles as Registered Nurses, where pay is usually $55K per year. Resident Assistants most often move into positions as Administrative Assistants or Certified Nurse Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Resident Assistants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Elder Care and Assisted Living are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $19K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $21K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $19K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $19K. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around one in seven, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

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 8%
Entry-Level
0%
National Average
$20,000
Experienced
up arrow 2%
Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Elder Care
up arrow 7%
National Average
$20,000
Assisted Living
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 22% employee benefits None: 54%