Residential Counselors in the United States take home an average $12.64 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Most Residential Counselors survey respondents are women (70 percent). Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,456 - $46,457
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$46K
MEDIAN: $30,890
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$10.24 - $15.69
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$22,456 - $46,457  
   
Bonus
$0.30 - $873  
Total Pay (?
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$21,932 - $38,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $15.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.61 - $23.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.30 - $873  
   
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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$21,932 - $38,097  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 423
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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.

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Residential Counselors' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Non-Profit Program Manager. The average Non-Profit Program Manager brings home $44K per year. It is quite typical for Residential Counselors to transition into roles as Case Managers or Mental Health Counselors, where reported median earnings are $9K and $11K higher 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $27K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $28K on average. Residential Counselors bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Residential Counselors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $33K.

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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 25%

Case Management
up arrow 14%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$27,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 27%
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