Residential Counselor Salary

The average Residential Counselor in the United States earns approximately $12.64 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Residential Counselors making up 70 percent. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by over one-half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,146 - $47,875
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$48K
MEDIAN: $30,825
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$10.30 - $15.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,146 - $47,875  
   
Bonus
$150.00  
Total Pay (?
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$21,927 - $38,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $15.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.94 - $23.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$21,927 - $38,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 407

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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 typically move into roles as Case Managers or Mental Health Counselors, and those positions pay $9K more and $11K more, 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
70 %
Male
30 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$27,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
▲21%

Case Management
▲14%

Counseling
▼0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 30%
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