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Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Addiction Counselors (63 percent) who took the survey are women. While approximately one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and approximately half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,417 - $50,894
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $35,722
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$11.95 - $23.64
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$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,417 - $50,894  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,411 - $51,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.95 - $23.64  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,909  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,411 - $51,204  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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Job Description for Addiction Counselor

An addiction counselor works with patients who have problems with substance abuse. The counselor manages patients' cases and provides counseling to help them overcome these addictions. The addiction counselor may work at a school or medical facility and provide individual or group counseling; counseling may include dealing with addictions, issues involving mental health, and helping the patients develop their interpersonal skills. The addiction counselor may also need to perform screening for prospective patients or clients as well.

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Addiction Counselor Tasks

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

Common Career Paths for Addiction Counselor


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For Addiction Counselors, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Addiction Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Addiction Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know Case Management also know Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Addiction Counselors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $37K on average. Addiction Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $51K.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
up arrow 2%

Group Therapy
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 25%