In doing the 2017 salary comparison, I went through my database of all job listings posted on The Houseparent Network in the last 12 months. If a facility had more than one job listing during that time, I kept only the most recent. I had 141 different facilities that have posted job listings in the past year (A decrease of 6 facilities over last year). Of those, 71 facilities posted salaries (The same as last year) however, I excluded 4 of those because the wording implied that the posted salary included the value of benefits, the rest posted things like competitive or negotiable, etc. Stuff I couldn’t work with.
Even though I know that several facilities that regularly post on The Houseparent Network have raised salaries this year the averages are actually down over last year.
Before I give my numbers here is my disclaimer:
Note: Let me start by saying that this is not a scientific sampling based on all the facilities in the country, but I think it is still a close representation of the average salaries throughout the country. All salaries listed are per individual. If you are paid as a couple multiply these averages by two to compare it to your salary. Also, many facilities listed a range of salaries, so I also express my averages as a range. I am also making the assumption that the salary listed by the facility is the cash salary and not total package. I also suspect that the true average is less than what these numbers indicate, because I suspect that many of the facilities that don’t post a salary are in the lower range. However, you can’t just assume that because they don’t list a salary, their salary is low. When my wife and I considered coming back and accepted our current position in 2015, we talked to two other facilities that did NOT list salaries. They were both in the $50,000 range for couples. The position we accepted was actually lower than both those salaries, but was a better fit for our situation.
You also need to remember that when considering a position there are many more considerations than just salary. You also have to consider benefits, schedule, living accommodations, and the difficulty of the children you are caring for. If one facility pays a salary of $35,000 per year and also provides full family health insurance, you will be better off than a facility that pays $45,000 and only pays toward your individual insurance. In our situation, we were paying over $10,000 a year for family health insurance prior to accepting our current position, we now pay less than a $1,000. That is an instant pay raise of over $9,000. A good retirement plan can also add several thousand dollars to a salary each year. Look at the whole package, not just the salary. That said, let’s get to the numbers.
The mean average salary for a houseparent is $24,175-25,297 per year, compared to $24,619-25,775 in 2016. The Median average (half the salaries are less, half are more) salary for a houseparent is $23,660 per year, compared to $24,500 in 2016. I did the mean average for the top and bottom 25% two different ways this year. The first way was calculating the top and bottom 25% using the low single salary resulting in the average being $33,831-34,408 and $16,820-17,550, compared to $31,441-32,324 and $18,865-19,571 in 2016. Calculating the top and bottom 25% using the high single salary resulted in the average being $32,907-32,295 and $16,835-17,374, compared to $30,472-$32,752 and $18,924-19,336in 2016. The top 25% is a significant increase over last year, which is the bright spot in this year’s survey. The bottom 25% saw a fairly significant decrease over last year, which might account for the lower overall numbers.
I tried something new this year and did an average based on 5 geographical regions. If I had more data, it probably would have been better to break down into 6 or 7 regions. The Five regions are:
Region 1: Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana-$22,335-23,835
Region 2: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia-$29,566-32,010
Region 3: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas-$28,119-29,249
Region 4: Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii-$25,296-26,296
Region 5: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico-$25,026
The Top salary is $47,500 which is a $7,500 increase over 2016. The bottom salary is $10,000 per year, which is half of the bottom salary last year.
I now have the information posted in the members only section and it include additional information from the comparison, such as sorted by state, benefits listed in the job listing, as well as all the raw data, minus the facility name.