Resident Assistant Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Resident Assistants in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $10.12 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, the larger part are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by nearly two in five and dental insurance is reported by slightly less than a third. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$13,719 - $36,766
$14K
$23K
$37K
MEDIAN: $22,957
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50%
90%

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$8.57 - $13.19
$8
$10
$13
MEDIAN: $10.14
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$0$36K
Salary $13,719 - $36,766
Bonus $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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$17,686 - $29,662
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18
Hourly Data $0$19
Hourly Rate $8.57 - $13.19
Overtime $11.40 - $19.69
Annual Data $0$29K
Bonus $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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$17,686 - $29,662
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 431

Job Description for Resident Assistant

Resident assistants reside in college dormitories and play an active role in the lives of the students also living in that dormitory or hall. University and dormitory rules are enforced by the resident assistants, who must act as role models for the students under their supervision. University students may go to a resident assistant if they have academic or personal problems, and resident assistants provide support and referrals to campus resources as needed. Since living in a dormitory is a new experience for most students, resident assistants help students adjust to their new living arrangements and facilitate socialization in their dormitory (often working with other resident assistants to do so).

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Resident Assistant Tasks

  • Change bed linens, wash and iron patients' laundry, and clean patients' quarters.
  • Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands.
  • Monitor food and liquid intake and vital signs.
  • Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.

Common Career Paths for Resident Assistant


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Resident Assistants who go on to become Registered Nurses may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Registered Nurses is $56K annually. It is quite typical for Resident Assistants to transition into roles as Certified Nurse Assistants or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $2K and $10K higher per year.

Resident Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Resident Assistant


Pay for Resident Assistants is the lowest at Emeritus, Assisted Living, which has a median salary of $18K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $23K.

Pay by Experience Level for Resident Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Resident Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Resident Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 318 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Resident Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 112 salaries. An experienced Resident Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $22,000 based on 65 salaries. A Resident Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 18 salaries.

Resident Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistant in Sautee ga:
"Rewarding."
Pros: Being the lead RA.
Cons: Not have Monday thru Friday.

Resident Assistant in San Diego:
Pros: Most of the residents are nice.
Cons: Bad management. They just wants money from residents. They dont really care about quality of patient care rendered and staffs are treated as if we are animals by letting 2 people only to working for almost 25 residents having said that most residents need to be transferred to high care.

Resident Assistant in Knoxville:
"A Memorable Experience."
Pros: Being able to care for others who cannot always help themselves. Every day is a challenge, but seeing my residents smiling faces when I come in to work knowing they depend on me as the one who will oversee their day makes it a pleasure to undergo all the strenuous duties I perform.
Cons: Not getting to spend more time with the residents and not getting to talk to them because I have so many other things to take care of. Dishes, serving 3 meals, washing and drying laundry and putting it away, taking out the trash. It's all so time consuming that it takes me away from them.

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Key Stats for Resident Assistant

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Resident Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲1%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$21,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Resident Assistant Salaries

National Average
$21,000

Home Health/Home Care
▼1%

Elder Care
▼2%

Long Term Care
▼2%

Assisted Living
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
vision benefits
Vision: 26%
no benefits
None: 58%