Residential Counselor Salary

Earnings for Residential Counselors in the United States come in at around $12.24 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $9.91 per hour on the low end to $15.39 on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Most Residential Counselors survey respondents are women (70 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,083 - $46,322
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,158
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$9.91 - $15.39
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,083 - $46,322  
   
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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$21,787 - $38,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.91 - $15.39  
   
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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$21,787 - $38,459  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Mental Health Counselor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $27K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $28K. Residential Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $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 $36K on average.

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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: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%
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