Women comprise the majority of Resident Assistants in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $9.98 per hour on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction for Resident Assistants is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little over a half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and over a third receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,858 - $49,316
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$49K
MEDIAN: $22,000
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$8.43 - $12.45
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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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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$17,413 - $27,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.43 - $12.45  
   
Overtime
$10.71 - $18.89  
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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$17,413 - $27,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 415
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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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For Resident Assistants, progressing to a Registered Nurse role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Registered Nurse can earn $56K 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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Emeritus, Assisted Living doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $18K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $23K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $22K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $21K. Resident Assistants bring in $22K after working for 10 to 20 years. Resident Assistants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $24K.

Resident Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as a Resident Assistant at Brookdale Senior Living Inc.?

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.

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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

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$21,000

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Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
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Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 36%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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