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Residential Counselor Salary

The average Residential Counselor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.26 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.87 per hour and $15.41. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Female Residential Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Although slightly more than a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,091 - $46,560
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,294
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$9.87 - $15.41
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,091 - $46,560  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
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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$21,612 - $39,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.87 - $15.41  
   
Overtime
$12.49 - $23.19  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $509  
   
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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$21,612 - $39,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 395

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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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Advancing into a Mental Health Counselor role seems to be a popular career move for Residential Counselors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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.


For Residential Counselors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $27K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $29K. On average, Residential Counselors make $29K following one to two decades on the job. 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
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$27,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%