Residential Counselor Salary

The average Residential Counselor in the United States earns approximately $12.30 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.91 per hour and $15.43. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Though the majority of Residential Counselors do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The majority of Residential Counselors (69 percent) who took the survey are women. Close to a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,929 - $45,967
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,157
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$9.91 - $15.43
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,929 - $45,967  
   
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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$21,745 - $38,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $15.43  
   
Overtime
$12.16 - $23.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
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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$21,745 - $38,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 515
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mental Health Therapist. The average Mental Health Therapist brings home $42K per year. Residential Counselors most often move into positions as Case Managers or Mental Health Counselors; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Residential Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Case Management and Group Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 24 percent, respectively. Employees educated in Case Management are typically practiced in Counseling, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $27K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $28K on average. Residential Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $28K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Residential Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $36K.

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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 29%

Group Therapy
up arrow 24%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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