Residential Counselor Salary

Residential Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.69 per hour. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Residential Counselors are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part 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 73 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,027 - $45,909
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MEDIAN: $30,588
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$10.36 - $16.05
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MEDIAN: $12.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,027 - $45,909  
   
Bonus
$0.21 - $2,447  
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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$22,102 - $38,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $16.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.30 - $23.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.21 - $2,447  
   
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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$22,102 - $38,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 430

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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

  • 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.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.

Common Career Paths for Residential Counselor


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Though some Residential Counselors move into positions like Non-Profit Program Manager (where the average salary is $44K), this progression is not the norm. Residential Counselors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Case Managers or Mental Health Counselors. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Residential Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Residential Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 361 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Residential Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Residential Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 57 salaries. A Residential Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 13 salaries.

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Key Stats for Residential Counselor

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲3%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
▲20%

Case Management
▲14%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 30%
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