Residential Counselor Salary

Median pay for Residential Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.23 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.94 per hour, and the top verges on $15.39. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Residential Counselors making up 70 percent. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Most Residential Counselors are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$9.94 - $15.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,816 - $46,021  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
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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$21,751 - $38,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $15.39  
   
Overtime
$12.49 - $23.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $507  
   
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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$21,751 - $38,511  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 442
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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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Residential Counselors who transition into a Mental Health Therapist role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $42K per year. A common career progression for a Residential Counselor is to become a Case Manager or a Mental Health Counselor. Compared to Residential Counselors, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

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


For Residential Counselors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $27K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $28K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Residential Counselors make a median salary of $29K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Residential Counselor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $37K on average.

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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%
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