Residential Counselor Salary

Residential Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.23 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.92 per hour on the lower end to $15.38 on the higher end. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Female Residential Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. While slightly more than a fifth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,945 - $46,200
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,010
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$9.92 - $15.38
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$23,945 - $46,200  
   
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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$21,751 - $38,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $15.38  
   
Overtime
$12.47 - $23.39  
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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$21,751 - $38,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 435
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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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Many Residential Counselors move into a Mental Health Counselor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $38K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $29K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Residential Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $36K.

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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

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
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%
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