Residential Counselors in the United States take home an average $12.69 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Although more than half have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Female Residential Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,162 - $48,479
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
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$22,162 - $48,479  
   
Bonus
$150.00  
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$21,982 - $38,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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$10.28 - $15.86  
   
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Overtime
$12.81 - $23.78  
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$150.00  
   
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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$21,982 - $38,370  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 421

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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. A common career progression for a Residential Counselor is to become a Case Manager or a Mental Health Counselor. Compared to Residential Counselors, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

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


For Residential Counselors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $28K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $27K. Residential Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $29K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $33K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Key Stats for Residential Counselor

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 24%

Case Management
up arrow 14%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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