Youth Counselor Salary

The average Youth Counselor in the United States earns approximately $12.54 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.71 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.91. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The majority of Youth Counselors (65 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,558 - $43,850
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MEDIAN: $33,036
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$9.71 - $15.91
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,558 - $43,850  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,476 - $39,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $15.91  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $24.94  
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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$21,476 - $39,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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Professional skills reported by Youth Counselors are few in number. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

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 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 13%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 21%
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