As I was doing this years’ Salary Comparison I was going to declare a slight increase in salaries over last year, however after looking at the data more closely I think the changes are statistically insignificant. Though the mean average is up slightly the median average and high salary is the same. When I compared regions, most averages were down with only one region showing an increase. One thing I did notice more this year was facilities offering other incentives like bonuses and stipends for housing that can affect salaries by thousands of dollars a year. I guess when you consider the other incentives salaries are up for the year.
In doing the 2018 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 133 different facilities that have posted job listings in the past year (A decrease of 8 facilities over last year). Of those, 70 facilities posted salaries (1 less than last year), the rest posted things like competitive or negotiable, etc. Stuff I couldn’t work with.
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.
|Mean average salary for an individual houseparent||$24,591-26,156 per year||$24,175-25,297 per year|
|Median average (half the salaries are less, half are more) salary for an individual houseparent||$23,660 per year||$23,660 per year|
|Mean average of top 25% of salaries using the low single salary column for calculating the top 25%||$33,960-34,932||$33,831-34,408|
|Mean average of top 25% of salaries using the high single salary column for calculating the top 25%||$32,599-36,738||$32,907-32,295|
|Mean average of bottom 25% of salaries using the low single salary column for calculating the bottom 25%||$16,927-17,872||$16,820-17,550|
|Mean average of bottom 25% of salaries using the high single salary column for calculating the bottom 25%||$16,927-17,594||$16,835-17,374|
|Region 1: Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana Mean Average||$21,789-22,941||$22,335-23,835|
|Region 2: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia||$27,193-30,784||$29,566-32,010|
|Region 3: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas||$25,029-25,243||$28,119-29,249|
|Region 4: Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii||$27,660-30,199||$25,296-26,296|
|Region 5: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico||$24,663||$25,026|
The Top salary is $47,500 which is the same as 2017. The bottom salary is $12,000 per year, which is $2,000 increase over 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.