Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 108,200 people employed as residential advisors in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $31,200.
Entry level employees earn approximately $21,550 per year and senior employees earn approximately $49,180
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Inventory, pack, and remove items left behind by former residents.
- Communicate with other staff to resolve problems with individual students.
- Observe students to detect and report unusual behavior.
- Supervise, train, and evaluate residence hall staff, including resident assistants, participants in work-study programs, and other student workers.
- Provide emergency first aid and summon medical assistance when necessary.
- Chaperone group-sponsored trips and social functions.
- Order supplies for facilities.
- Oversee departmental budget.
- Supervise students' housekeeping work to ensure that it is done properly.
- Process contract cancellations for students who are unable to follow residence hall policies and procedures.
- Accompany and supervise students during meals.
- Supervise the activities of housekeeping personnel.
- Assign rooms to students.
- Provide transportation or escort for expeditions, such as shopping trips or visits to doctors or dentists.
- Direct and participate in on- and off-campus recreational activities for residents of institutions, boarding schools, fraternities or sororities, children's homes, or similar establishments.
- Sort and distribute mail.
- Make regular rounds to ensure that residents and areas are safe and secure.
- Mediate interpersonal problems between residents.
- Enforce rules and regulations to ensure the smooth and orderly operation of dormitory programs.
- Determine the need for facility maintenance and repair, and notify appropriate personnel.
- Collaborate with counselors to develop counseling programs that address the needs of individual students.
- Develop and coordinate educational programs for residents.
- Develop program plans for individuals or assist in plan development.
- Provide requested information on students' progress and the development of case plans.
- Confer with medical personnel to better understand the backgrounds and needs of individual residents.
- Administer, coordinate, or recommend disciplinary and corrective actions.
- Answer telephones, and route calls or deliver messages.
- Counsel students in the handling of issues such as family, financial, and educational problems.
- Hold regular meetings with each assigned unit.
- Compile information such as residents' daily activities and the quantities of supplies used to prepare required reports.