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Youth Counselor Salary (United States)

The average Youth Counselor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.25 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.25 per hour and $16.10. Work is enjoyable for Youth Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Women make up the majority of Youth Counselors (65 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Youth Counselor Salary (?
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$24,241 - $43,850
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MEDIAN: $32,083
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Youth Counselor Salary (?
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$9.25 - $16.10
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,241 - $43,850  
   
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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$20,880 - $40,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.25 - $16.10  
   
Overtime
$11.48 - $25.47  
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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$20,880 - $40,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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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Youth Counselors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Oral / Verbal Communication and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 6 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Case Management tends to also indicate an understanding 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 17%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$29,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 6%
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 6%
Counseling
0%
National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 22%