Updated August 18, 2021
Average Residential Counselor Salary
$14.44 hourly
$30,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$30,000
Median
$36,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$36,000$3,000$17
75th Percentile$33,000$2,750$16
Average$30,026$2,502$14
25th Percentile$27,000$2,250$13
10th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12

Average Residential Counselor Salary By State

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Residential Counselor average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$26,647$12.81255
Alaska$35,327$16.98106
Arizona$27,621$13.28616
Arkansas$23,428$11.26273
California$33,398$16.062,877
Colorado$30,274$14.55584
Connecticut$29,594$14.23413
Delaware$32,732$15.74117
District of Columbia$32,338$15.55149
Florida$23,238$11.171,629
Georgia$24,417$11.74800
Hawaii$26,380$12.6899
Idaho$29,286$14.08147
Illinois$24,937$11.991,141
Indiana$26,640$12.81467
Iowa$30,106$14.47297
Kansas$29,947$14.40185
Kentucky$25,617$12.32262
Louisiana$23,572$11.33314
Maine$35,693$17.16173
Maryland$26,151$12.57682
Massachusetts$31,886$15.332,615
Michigan$24,841$11.94727
Minnesota$29,216$14.05665
Mississippi$31,453$15.12185
Missouri$32,268$15.51414
Montana$26,412$12.70137
Nebraska$33,182$15.95178
Nevada$30,049$14.45160
New Hampshire$30,347$14.59119
New Jersey$27,210$13.08844
New Mexico$24,905$11.97157
New York$25,852$12.431,723
North Carolina$23,429$11.26553
North Dakota$34,463$16.5775
Ohio$30,481$14.65765
Oklahoma$27,281$13.12214
Oregon$31,975$15.37395
Pennsylvania$26,877$12.921,478
Rhode Island$34,890$16.77121
South Carolina$25,128$12.08496
South Dakota$25,215$12.1264
Tennessee$23,144$11.13466
Texas$29,277$14.081,532
Utah$33,901$16.30238
Vermont$35,794$17.2153
Virginia$28,659$13.78725
Washington$37,742$18.15811
West Virginia$25,861$12.43100
Wisconsin$27,183$13.07352
Wyoming$30,470$14.6556

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Highest Paying Cities For Residential Counselor

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Olympia, WA$38,089$18.31
Redding, CA$34,679$16.67
Andover, MA$32,115$15.44
Beaverton, OR$32,039$15.40
Concord, NH$30,431$14.63
Denver, CO$30,267$14.55

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How much does a Residential Counselor make?

  • The average Residential Counselor makes $30,026 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Residential Counselor is $14.44.
  • The average entry-level Residential Counselor salary is $24,000.
  • Highest paying states for Residential Counselor are Washington ($37,742), Vermont ($35,794), Maine ($37,742) and Alaska ($37,742).
  • Highest paying cities for Residential Counselor are Olympia, WA ($38,089), Redding, CA, Andover, MA, Beaverton, OR and Concord, NH.
  • Residential Counselors on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $36,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $33,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $27,000
  • Industries with the highest Residential Counselor salaries are Hospitality, Insurance and Retail.

Average Residential Counselor Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$30,000$14.44+2.4%
    2021$29,300$14.08+1.9%
    2020$28,700$13.81+2.2%
    2019$28,100$13.50+2.5%
    2018$27,400$13.17+0.7%

    How Much Do Residential Counselors Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, Residential Counselor salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that Hospitality, Insurance, and Retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for Residential Counselors. For example, Residential Counselors make a whopping average salary of $35,871 while working for Hospitality companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $34,094 at Insurance companies and $32,768 at Retail companies. But Residential Counselors may want to avoid working in the Non Profits industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $30,285.
    RankIndustryAverage Residential Counselor SalaryResidential Counselor Salary Range
    1Hospitality
    $35,871
    $25k
    $40k
    2Insurance
    $34,094
    $25k
    $40k
    3Retail
    $32,768
    $25k
    $40k
    4Health Care
    $30,341
    $25k
    $40k
    5Non Profits
    $30,285
    $25k
    $40k

    High Paying Residential Counselor Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Counselor Internship

    Avg. salary: $40,391

    When it comes to Counselor Internship, among the primary responsibilities is to assist in dealing with various activities such as preparing and verifying necessary documentation, observing consultations and outreach programs, guide clients and help develop multiple helpful strategies, and provide assessments. Furthermore, one can conduct counseling and consultation only under supervision. It is also essential to track the information gathered and coordinate with assigned personnel to adhere to the company's regulations and policies.
    111,856 Counselor Internship Jobs
    Child Care Counselor

    Avg. salary: $33,326

    Child care counselors monitor the progress of children who have behavioral, physical, and mental issues in between counseling appointments. These counselors create daily schedules for children that include field trips, play dates, and learning plans to ensure that children get the most out of their days. They use their critical thinking skills, organizational skills, and interpersonal skills to deal with children diagnosed with psychological issues and to coordinate with their patients' families. Most of the cases they handle are the abuse, bullying, and past traumas of children.
    104,401 Child Care Counselor Jobs
    Day Camp Counselor

    Avg. salary: $24,184

    The job of the camp counselors is to develop recreational plans and oversee camp activities in residential camps. Their duties and responsibilities include organizing camping trips, planning and scheduling group activities, and guiding children and teenagers in various outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking. They are expected to lead campers in emergency procedures and fire drills, explain safety rules and procedures, and provide emotional support to campers. Camp counselors are also responsible for assessing and responding to emergencies when they arise.
    31,304 Day Camp Counselor Jobs
    Direct Care Counselor

    Avg. salary: $27,996

    A direct care counselor provides direct counseling and assistance to the elderly or individuals with disabilities and mental issues. They usually work at rehabilitation centers or care facilities and work together with nurses or caregivers to administer different treatment plans, monitor and support the patients' progress, and help the patients carry out daily activities such as performing hygienic or routine living tasks. Moreover, a direct care counselor may also develop and implement various healthcare programs and recreational activities while adhering to the facility's policies and regulations.
    127,497 Direct Care Counselor Jobs
    Program Counselor

    Avg. salary: $36,325

    A Program Counselor is an essential part of a school's faculty. It's the counselor's responsibility to ensure that students are benefiting from the school's educational curriculum. This person is also tasked to help students resolve issues and problems that may hinder any educational progress. They are also part of the disciplinary team intended to instill good morals, ethics, and decency in students. The Program Counselor is one of the teacher or professor who has expertise or has a high educational degree in a particular subject or field.
    137,105 Program Counselor Jobs
    School Counselor

    Avg. salary: $47,047

    A school counselor is responsible for monitoring the students' social and personal development, advising them of their career aspirations, and assisting them with their academic achievements and goals. School counselors also ensure that the students receive the highest learning standards to pave their way towards society's advancement and global competitiveness. They evaluate students' behavior through personal counseling, understanding their challenges, and develop strategies to overcome their needs. A school counselor must have excellent communication and decision-making skills, supporting students with their goals, and honing their skills efficiently.
    79,799 School Counselor Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Counselor Internship$40,392$3,366$19.42111,856
    Child Care Counselor$33,327$2,777$16.02104,401
    Day Camp Counselor$24,185$2,015$11.6331,304
    Direct Care Counselor$27,997$2,333$13.46127,497
    Program Counselor$36,325$3,027$17.46137,105
    School Counselor$47,048$3,921$22.6279,799
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    Recently Added Residential Counselor Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Mental Health Center of DenverResidential Counselor I-II Lincoln House Wednesday 8A-8PDenver, CO12/31/2021$50,171
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    DepaulResidential Counselor I/II LODBuffalo, NY12/30/2021$37,566
    The May Institute Inc.Overnight Residential CounselorHarwich, MA12/30/2021$35,479
    CarelinkResidential CounselorPhiladelphia, PA12/29/2021$31,305
    Universal Health ServicesResidential CounselorBradenton, FL12/29/2021$33,392
    The Gatton Academy of Mathematics & ScienceResidential CounselorBowling Green, KY12/28/2021$26,000
    Easter Seals New HampshireResidential Support CounselorConcord, NH12/28/2021$39,653
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    Average Residential Counselor Salary by Demographic

    Residential Counselor Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $31,155
    female-income
    Female Income
    $31,121
    GenderIncome
    Male$31,155
    Female$31,121
    Median Residential Counselor Income by Race
    Asian Residential Counselors have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or Latino Residential Counselors have the lowest average salary at $30,739.
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$30,841
    Black or African American$30,751
    Asian$32,520
    Hispanic or Latino$30,739
    Average Residential Counselor Salary by Education Level
    $35,000
    $28,000
    $21,000
    $14,000
    $7,000
    $0
    Bachelor's Degree
    Master's Degree
    EducationSalary
    Bachelor's Degree$28,291
    Master's Degree$31,121