Residential Counselor Salary

Residential Counselors in the United States can expect wages of $12.86 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Female Residential Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,892 - $50,457
$22K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,213
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$10.77 - $16.38
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MEDIAN: $13.06
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$0$50K
Salary $21,892 - $50,457
Bonus $1.80 - $5,008
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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$22,775 - $39,435
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 71
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $10.77 - $16.38
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $14.91 - $24.50
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $1.80 - $5,008
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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$22,775 - $39,435
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 425

Job Description for Residential Counselor

A residential counselor works in a live-in facility to provide counseling services to residents. This may be a facility for adults with addictions, people with disabilities, the elderly, youth in summer camps, or troubled youth, among others. The residential counselor acts as a role model and offers their support to help clients gain independence and function normally in society. This type of counselor may also help clients develop life and behavior skills.

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Residential Counselor Tasks

  • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
  • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them recover from illness, and adjust to life.
  • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.

Common Career Paths for Residential Counselor


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Residential Counselors sometimes assume positions such as Non-Profit Program Managers. That role pays $44K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Residential Counselor involves becoming a Case Manager or a Mental Health Counselor, roles that pay $8K more and $10K more on average.

Residential Counselor Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Residential Counselor

Pay by Experience for a Residential Counselor has a positive trend. An entry-level Residential Counselor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 361 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Residential Counselor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 106 salaries. An experienced Residential Counselor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $28,000 based on 57 salaries. A Residential Counselor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 13 salaries.

Residential Counselor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Residential Counselor?

Residential Counselor in Santa Maria:
"Assisting residents with daily living skills."
Pros: Rewarding to see individuals reach their own personal goals and get closer to recovery with their mental illness and to see them live on their own as an indpendent.
Cons: Very frustrating with staff drama.

Residential Counselor in Baltimore:
"Its ok it doesnt pay enough."
Pros: I dont have a supervisor standing over my head and the job is easy.
Cons: It doesnt pay enough for the job description.

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Key Stats for Residential Counselor

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

Experienced
▼0%

National Average
$28,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

▼4%

Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
▲17%

Case Management
▲11%

National Average
$28,000

Counseling
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None: 31%