Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by around half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Addiction Counselors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,018 - $51,545
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$26K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,113
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$12.57 - $25.31
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$13
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,018 - $51,545  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$26,407 - $52,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 208
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.57 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,543  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$26,407 - $52,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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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Addiction Counselors' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor. Median pay for Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors is $34K.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Addiction Counselors note just a narrow range of job skills. Case Management and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Case Management are similarly competent in Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

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


For many Addiction Counselors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $34K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $37K. Addiction Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Addiction Counselors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $51K.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries


Group Therapy
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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