Resident Assistant Salary

For Resident Assistants, hourly average wages total $9.53 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Women account for the majority of Resident Assistants who took the survey — 87 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Resident Assistants. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than half lack any form of coverage — but just over two-fifths have medical insurance, and close to a third have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$11,836 - $87,262
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$12K
$23K
$87K
MEDIAN: $22,603
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$8.05 - $12.25
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$8
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$12
MEDIAN: $9.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$11,836 - $87,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $350.00  
Total Pay (?
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$16,607 - $26,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $12.25  
   
Overtime
$4.03 - $18.78  
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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$16,607 - $26,963  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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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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It's not very common for Resident Assistants to move on to become Registered Nurses. Average pay for a Registered Nurse is $55K annually. Resident Assistants most often move into positions as Certified Nurse Assistants or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Resident Assistant


Emeritus, Assisted Living offers the least pay with a median salary of $18K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $23K.


Resident Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Assisted Living and Elder Care are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $20K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $22K. Resident Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $19K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $21K on average.

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%

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$20,000

Entry-Level
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Experienced
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Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

Assisted Living
up arrow 4%

Elder Care
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National Average
$20,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 52%