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Addiction Counselor Salary (United States)

A relatively unseasoned group of workers, slightly less than two-thirds of Addiction Counselors report fewer than five years on the job; the group as a whole earns roughly $35K per year on average. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair portion and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. Addiction Counselors are largely women, dominating the profession at 63 percent. Most Addiction Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This summary is derived from information collected in 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 (?
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: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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
Bonus
$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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Addiction Counselors may not enjoy an increase in earnings as they move into top-notch roles like Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor. Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors typically make top-notch roles like $33K.

Addiction Counselor Job Listings

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Addiction Counselors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Case Management and Counseling are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Competency in Case Management frequently indicates knowledge of Counseling.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $33K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $36K on average. For Addiction Counselors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $37K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Addiction Counselor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

Baltimore
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Indianapolis
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National Average
$35,000
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Addiction Counselors will find that Baltimore offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 7 percent. 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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$35,000
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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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 45 votes.

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%