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Youth Counselor Salary

Median pay for Youth Counselors in the United States is around $12.55 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.56 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.85 on the higher side. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Youth Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Youth Counselors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 62 percent. Although slightly less than a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$24,580 - $44,799
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$45K
MEDIAN: $33,337
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$9.56 - $15.85
(Median)
$9
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,580 - $44,799  
   
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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$21,253 - $40,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.56 - $15.85  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $25.16  
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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$21,253 - $40,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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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Survey takers who work as Youth Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Case Management and Oral / Verbal Communication are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 14 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 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 14%

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
62 %
Male
38 %

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: 51% employee benefits None: 22%
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