$32,559
Avg. Salary
$13.16
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$305

Bonus

$8,700

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Residential Counselor is $13.16 per hour.

The average pay for a Residential Counselor is $32,559 per year.

10%
$10.74
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$13.16
50%
$16.73
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MEDIAN $13.16
10%
$23k
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$33k
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$50k
90%
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MEDIAN $32,559
$23,198 - $49,831
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MEDIAN: $32,559
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$10.74 - $16.73
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$0$49K
Salary $23,198 - $49,831
Bonus $1.00 - $4,500
Commission $8,700
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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$22,729 - $40,022
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 140
Hourly Data $0$24
Hourly Rate $10.74 - $16.73
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $14.50 - $24.36
Annual Data $0$40K
Bonus $1.00 - $4,500
Commission $8,700
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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$22,729 - $40,022
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 716

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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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 Waterbury:
"Waterbury the place to work."
Pros: easy commute
Cons: Dont like city driving

Residential Counselor in Springfield:
"It is rewarding."
Pros: I love that I get to help individuals who have disabilities and can not perform certain task or responsibilities on their own.
Cons: The hours and the pay.

Residential Counselor in Waterloo:
"Un-equal Expectations for Pay."
Pros: I have family here and do not want to relocate.
Cons: Lack of pay. Many jobs are there but they do not pay enough for what they demand.

Residential Counselor in laplata:
"If you want to struggle."
Pros: No commuting, local traffic, easy access to home.
Cons: Low payscale, little or no job mobiloty, no benefits.

Residential Counselor in Worcester:
"This agency is better for me than the last. I'm not bullied."
Not every agency is similar. Also, either are individual programs. If your manager spends more time on staff than clients. Leave! Bad sign.

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
71 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Experience Affects Residential Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

National Average
$29,000

Experienced
▼1%

Mid-Career
▼3%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Residential Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
▲16%

Case Management
▲9%

National Average
$29,000

Counseling
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 29%