Resident Assistant Salary

For Resident Assistants, hourly average wages total $9.75 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.04 per hour to $12.41. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 86 percent of Resident Assistants are female. Although just under a half have medical coverage and nearly two in five have dental coverage, roughly one-half claim no health benefits at all. The majority of Resident Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,205 - $88,769
(Median)
$15K
$27K
$89K
MEDIAN: $26,999
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$8.04 - $12.41
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$8
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$15,205 - $88,769  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $500  
Total Pay (?
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$16,742 - $27,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.04 - $12.41  
   
Overtime
$6.12 - $18.72  
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $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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$16,742 - $27,724  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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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.

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Resident Assistants who transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. It is quite typical for Resident Assistants to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $2K and $10K higher per year.

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With a median salary of $18K, Emeritus, Assisted Living provides Resident Assistants with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $23K, limiting employee salary growth.


Survey takers who work as Resident Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Home Health/Home Care, Assisted Living, and Elder Care can expect to be compensated well for these skills.

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 $20K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $22K. Resident Assistants see a median salary of $22K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $21K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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Late-Career
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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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Assisted Living
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Elder Care
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National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 48%
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