Resident Assistant Salary

Most Resident Assistants in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $10.02 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. The majority of Resident Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — a little more than half — do not have any health coverage, more than two-fifths do receive medical benefits and nearly one-third have dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$13,858 - $49,316
$14K
$22K
$49K
MEDIAN: $22,000
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$8.42 - $12.50
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MEDIAN: $10.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$13,858 - $49,316  
   
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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$17,411 - $27,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.42 - $12.50  
   
Overtime
$10.54 - $19.19  
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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$17,411 - $27,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 431

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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

  • 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.
  • Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Resident Assistant


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At the upper end, Resident Assistants who move into a Registered Nurse role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Registered Nurses is a much higher $56K per year. The most common next step for a Resident Assistant is to become a Certified Nurse Assistant or an Administrative Assistant. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Resident Assistant


Employees at Emeritus, Assisted Living take home the smallest paychecks, and $18K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $16K and quickly nearing the top at only $23K.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

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


Resident Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $21K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $22K. Resident Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $22K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $24K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Resident Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Resident Assistant?

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.

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
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Resident Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
▼2%

Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Elder Care
▼0%

Long Term Care
▼0%

Home Health/Home Care
▼0%

National Average
$21,000

Assisted Living
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 34%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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