Youth Counselor Salary

Youth Counselors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.69 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female Youth Counselors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$24,700 - $42,282
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MEDIAN: $34,533
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$10.24 - $17.96
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,700 - $42,282  
   
Total Pay (?
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$22,588 - $40,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $17.96  
   
Overtime
$15.37 - $23.00  
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$22,588 - $40,017  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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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
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Youth Counselor Salaries

▲14%

▲11%

National Average
$30,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Youth Counselor Salaries


▲1%

National Average
$30,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 25%
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