Youth Counselor Salary

An average Youth Counselor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.54 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.69 per hour and $15.94. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The majority of Youth Counselors (66 percent) who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,509 - $41,216
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$41K
MEDIAN: $32,756
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$9.69 - $15.94
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$24,509 - $41,216  
   
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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$21,415 - $39,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.69 - $15.94  
   
Overtime
$12.00 - $24.94  
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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$21,415 - $39,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
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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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Professional skills reported by Youth Counselors are few in number. Those who have experience with Case Management, Counseling, and Oral / Verbal Communication can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication. Case Management and Counseling are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 13%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%
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