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

$42,110 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $42K
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Residential Counselor Career Path

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Residential Counselor Insights

Read what Residential Counselor professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Residential Counselor
Aug. 31, 2020

“This is quite distressing considering this employer works in an industry designed to help people.”

AHRC New York CityAHRC New York City
Residential Habilitaion Counselor
Mar. 15, 2020

“there is not an equitable increase in pay if you have education or professional experience.”

Residential Care Facitator
May 17, 2021

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

Oasis CenterOasis Center
Residential Counselor
Jul. 30, 2020

“Everyone genuinely cares about how their coworkers are doing and I have always felt extremely supported in my role here.”

Evolve Treatment CentersEvolve Treatment Centers
Residential Counselor
Sep. 28, 2021

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

Evolve Treatment CentersEvolve Treatment Centers
Residential Counselor
Dec. 7, 2021

“Great team work and comradery”

CRS Temporary Housing CRS Temporary Housing
Resident Specialist
Nov. 19, 2019

“This company was made aware of my body’s ailments during the first week of training.”

Phoenix HousePhoenix House
Residential Counselor
Aug. 24, 2021

“Best place to work and I’ve learned more here than I could anywhere else.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a residential counselor

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