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Youth Counselor Salary (United States)

A Youth Counselor earns an average wage of $12.36 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.
Youth Counselor Salary (?
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$24,672 - $45,302
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $32,781
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Youth Counselor Salary (?
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$9.19 - $16.47
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,672 - $45,302  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$20,865 - $40,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $16.47  
   
Overtime
$11.07 - $25.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$20,865 - $40,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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Job Description for Youth Counselor

  • Customize trainings and services to provide appropriate support.
  • Explain programs and services to recruit and involve targeted age group.
  • Interact with, mentor, and guide youths.
  • Conduct assessments and customize plans and goals for youths.

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Youth Counselor Reviews

What is it like working as a Youth Counselor?
Youth Counselor in Denver:
"Micromanagement, Poor Salary, 2% Raises Annually."
Pros: Being able to see unsuccessful children become success stories and go back to public school because I spent most of the time helping them more than anyone else at that facility.
Cons: All the work you do to help the children goes unnoticed. Upper management will take credit for your achievements and then lecture or micromanage you. It is impossible to move up in the company so as to obtain more pay and responsibilities. The facility brings in extremely high risk children that we are not equipped to handle. This creates fear of possibly losing our jobs if we have to defend ourselves from aggressive and violent children. If you have rave reviews on your evaluation with your supervisor you will only get the standard 2% pay increase annually that everyone else receives. Ergo, no incentive to try hard.

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Experience Affects Youth Counselor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$30,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 8%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%
Counseling
0%
National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 24%