Resident Assistant Salary

Earnings for Resident Assistants in the United States come in at around $9.65 per hour on average. Career duration and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half lack health benefits of any kind, more than two-fifths do enjoy medical insurance, and more than a third get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of Resident Assistants (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Resident Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$12,040 - $61,825
(Median)
$12K
$23K
$62K
MEDIAN: $23,349
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$8.07 - $12.35
(Median)
$8
$9
$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$12,040 - $61,825  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,662 - $27,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $12.35  
   
Overtime
$6.16 - $18.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
   
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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$16,662 - $27,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
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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 transition into a Registered Nurse role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $55K per year. Typical career progression for a Resident Assistant involves becoming a Certified Nurse Assistant or an Administrative Assistant, roles that pay $2K more and $11K more on average.

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Pay for Resident Assistants is the lowest at Emeritus, Assisted Living, which has a median salary of $18K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $23K.


Resident Assistants note just a narrow range of job 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 inexperienced worker earns $20K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $22K. On average, Resident Assistants make $20K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $22K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
0%

National Average
$20,000

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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
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 52%
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