What does a Residential Counselor do?

Residential care counselors provide support and assistance to clients living in a residential facility or structured living program. They help residents with Activities of Daily Living (ADL) tasks, which include grooming, hygiene, meals, establishing a sleep routine, and exercise. Their duties include helping residents master life skills such as chores, shopping, and possibly performing a job of some sort. These counselors also provide case management services and help to coordinate supplemental programs and resources that may be available to residents.

Residential care counselors have at least an associate degree in human services or a related field. Experience working in residential care or a similar support role is helpful. These roles require patience and the ability to treat clients with care and understanding. A variety of clearances and background checks are routinely required.

Work/Life Balance
2.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
2.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Residential Counselor Salaries

Average Base Pay

$44,752 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $45K
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Residential Counselor Career Path

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Residential Counselor

Years of Experience Distribution

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2 - 4
5 - 7
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Residential Counselor Insights

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Loeb House,Loeb House,
Residence Counselor
Jul 11, 2022

“Loeb House is great place to work if you want to start your career in mental health”

Everas Community ServicesEveras Community Services
Residential Specialist
May 26, 2022

“It’s a great job for part time employees looking to make a little extra money.”

Wediko Children's ServicesWediko Children's Services
Direct Care &Quot; Residential Counselor&Quot;
Dec 20, 2020

“Great opportunity to see if this is the field you really want to go into.”

Achieve togetherAchieve together
Residential Support Worker
Sept 1, 2022

“Good and friendly environment to work”

Residential Care Facitator
May 17, 2021

“Everyone else gets restraint training (SCM) and nothing more beyond a 2 hour introduction to therapy in orientation.”

Pearl Healthcare GroupPearl Healthcare Group
Residential Support Worker
Apr 26, 2022

“I was fortunate enough to have been give an amazing opportunity to work at Capricorn Cottage as a residential support worker.”

Baker PlacesBaker Places
Residential Counselor
Jul 13, 2022

“Great clients and coworkers.”

Evolve Treatment CentersEvolve Treatment Centers
Residential Counselor
Sept 28, 2021

“I felt very supported by everyone at my facility and it helped me grow my career.”

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The most similar professions to Residential Counselor are:
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Caregiver
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Social Worker

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