The average Youth Counselor in the United States earns approximately $12.59 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, nearly one in four claim no health benefits at all. Most Youth Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Youth Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$10.36 - $17.89
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National Salary Data (?
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$22,730 - $40,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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Hourly Rate
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Overtime
$15.50 - $23.49  
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$22,730 - $40,596  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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What is it like working as a Youth Counselor?

Youth Counselor in Myrtle Beach:
"Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions,"
Pros: Helping the Youth and planning programs for staff members.
Cons: The pay.

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

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries



National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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