Addiction Counselor Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, 62 percent of Addiction Counselors have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $34,728 per year. Compensation generally starts at $24,424 and does not exceed $48,311 per year. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—about a quarter lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. In a profession dominated by women, 63 percent of Addiction Counselors are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Addiction Counselor Salary (?
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$24,723 - $48,635
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MEDIAN: $34,971
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Addiction Counselor Salary (?
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$11.09 - $22.21
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$24,723 - $48,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Total Pay (?
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$24,424 - $48,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $22.21  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $2,043  
   
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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$24,424 - $48,311  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 correlate with a rise in salary. Typically, lower-level Addiction Counselors earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

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Survey takers who work as Addiction Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Case Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 3 percent more than the national average, respectively. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Addiction Counselors, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. In five to 10 years time, starting salaries of $33K can reach $36K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $37K. Addiction Counselors experience only minor salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $47K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, most land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$35,000
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Surpassing the national average by 7 percent, Addiction Counselors in Baltimore receive some of the highest pay in the country. Addiction Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Case Management
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Counseling
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
63%
female alumni
 
Male
37%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 25%