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Youth Counselor Salary

Youth Counselors in the United States take home an average $12.55 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.47 per hour and $15.91. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Youth Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Youth Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,515 - $44,219
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$33K
$44K
MEDIAN: $33,036
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$9.47 - $15.91
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,515 - $44,219  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,160 - $40,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.47 - $15.91  
   
Overtime
$11.74 - $25.27  
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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$21,160 - $40,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89

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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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Typical Youth Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Case Management and Oral / Verbal Communication are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 11 percent and 5 percent, respectively. It is not unusual for someone who knows Case Management to be familiar with Counseling as well.

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 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 11%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%