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Residential Counselor Salary

Pay for Residential Counselors in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.27 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.89 per hour and $15.41. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Residential Counselors survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,005 - $46,839
(Median)
$24K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,358
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$9.89 - $15.41
(Median)
$9
$12
$15
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$24,005 - $46,839  
   
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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$21,692 - $39,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.89 - $15.41  
   
Overtime
$12.52 - $23.35  
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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$21,692 - $39,024  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 416

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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 often transition into Mental Health Counselor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Mental Health Counselors earn $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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $27K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $29K on average. Residential Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $29K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $36K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%

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
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 23%
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