Addiction Counselor Salary

Addiction Counselors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $36K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Addiction Counselors. Female Addiction Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's 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
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$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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 who go on to become Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor, an upper-level role, pays $34K.

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Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor


Survey takers who work as Addiction Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Case Management and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Case Management indicates knowledge of Group Therapy.

Pay by Experience Level for Addiction Counselor

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


Addiction Counselors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $34K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $37K. Addiction Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. 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 42%


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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