Youth Counselor Salary

Median pay for Youth Counselors in the United States is around $12.57 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Youth Counselors. Female Youth Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,244 - $43,801
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MEDIAN: $34,859
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$10.17 - $17.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$25,244 - $43,801  
   
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$22,637 - $40,215  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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$10.17 - $17.95  
   
Overtime
$15.50 - $23.70  
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$22,637 - $40,215  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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Job Description for Youth Counselor

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

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Youth Counselor Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Youth Counselor

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Youth Counselor Salaries

▲15%

▲11%

National Average
$30,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries


▲2%

National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 25%
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