Residential Counselor Salary

The average Residential Counselor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.30 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.91 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.43 on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Female Residential Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (69 percent) are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,929 - $45,967
(Median)
$24K
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$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 who go on to become Mental Health Therapists may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Mental Health Therapists is $42K annually. Case Managers or Mental Health Counselors are common next-step roles for Residential Counselors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Case Managers is $8K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Mental Health Counselors.

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Job skills reported by Residential Counselors are limited. 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. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

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


For many Residential Counselors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $28K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $27K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $28K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $36K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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