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Residential Counselor Salary (United States)

Residential Counselors in the United States pull down an average of $12.13 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.85 per hour on the low end to $15.31 on the high end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although approximately one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Residential Counselors making up 72 percent. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Residential Counselors — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Residential Counselor Salary (?
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$24,325 - $46,074
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MEDIAN: $31,546
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Residential Counselor Salary (?
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$9.85 - $15.31
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,325 - $46,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
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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$21,353 - $38,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $15.31  
   
Overtime
$12.93 - $23.41  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $501  
   
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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$21,353 - $38,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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Job Description for Residential Counselor

A residential counselor works in a live-in facility to provide counseling services to residents. This may be a facility for adults with addictions, people with disabilities, the elderly, youth in summer camps, or troubled youth, among others. The residential counselor acts as a role model and offers their support to help clients gain independence and function normally in society. This type of counselor may also help clients develop life and behavior skills.
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Residential Counselor Tasks
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them recover from illness, and adjust to life.

Common Career Paths for Residential Counselor

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It's not very common for Residential Counselors to move on to become Mental Health Counselors. Average pay for a Mental Health Counselor is $38K annually.

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Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Residential Counselors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $27K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $28K. On average, Residential Counselors make $29K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Residential Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $35K.

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Boston
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Baltimore
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National Average
$27,000
Los Angeles
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Seattle
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Richmond
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Philadelphia
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Rochester
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For Residential Counselors, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 6 percent above the national average. Residential Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Rochester. Philadelphia and Richmond are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 24%