Resident Assistant Salary (United States)

Salaries for Resident Assistants in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $9.23 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $7.94 per hour and does not exceed $12.11. While some workers in this profession—more than half—do not have any health coverage, 42 percent do receive medical benefits and about a third have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Resident Assistant Salary (?
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$11,675 - $90,604
(Median)
12K
35K
91K
MEDIAN: $24,999
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Resident Assistant Salary (?
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$7.94 - $12.11
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $9.00
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75%
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Resident Assistants who advance into the role of a Registered Nurse—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $35K per year. It is quite typical for Resident Assistants to transition into roles as Administrative Assistants or Certified Nurse Assistants, where expected earnings are an additional $11,336 or $3,030 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $19,445; however, pay rises to approximately $21K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $19,098. Even after two decades, Resident Assistants continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $19,192. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 15 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

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
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Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

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