Addiction Counselors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women make up the majority of Addiction Counselors (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The majority of Addiction Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,278 - $53,908
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$28K
$39K
$54K
MEDIAN: $39,322
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$12.64 - $25.51
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$13
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$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,278 - $53,908  
   
Bonus
$750  
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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$27,649 - $53,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $25.51  
   
Overtime
$10.75 - $37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$750  
   
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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$27,649 - $53,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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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Many Addiction Counselors move into a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors on average bring in a similar salary to Addiction Counselors.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Professional skills reported by Addiction Counselors are few in number. Most notably, skills in Patient Counseling, Case Management, Group Therapy, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Addiction Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $35K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $38K. Addiction Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries



National Average
$38,000



Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Patient Counseling
up arrow 15%

Case Management
up arrow 3%

Group Therapy
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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