Youth Counselor Salary

Median pay for Youth Counselors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.30 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.88 per hour to $15.99. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women make up the majority of Youth Counselors (62 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Although just over a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,416 - $42,574
(Median)
$24K
$33K
$43K
MEDIAN: $33,090
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$9.88 - $15.99
(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
$24,416 - $42,574  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Total Pay (?
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$21,985 - $39,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.88 - $15.99  
   
Overtime
$12.66 - $23.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
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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$21,985 - $39,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
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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 Counselor Reviews

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

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 8%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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