Resident Assistant Salary

The average rate for a Resident Assistant is $9.83 per hour. A skill in Home Health/Home Care is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
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$15,456 - $87,262
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$15K
$26K
$87K
MEDIAN: $25,982
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$8.17 - $12.31
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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
$15,456 - $87,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
Total Pay (?
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$16,986 - $27,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.17 - $12.31  
   
Overtime
$9.15 - $18.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $506  
   
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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$16,986 - $27,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 380
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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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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.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$21,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Home Health/Home Care
up arrow 11%

Assisted Living
up arrow 1%

Elder Care
0%

National Average
$21,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 44%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 51%
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