Addiction Counselor Salary
|Salary||$28,073 - $54,153|
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|$27,523 - $53,839|
|Hourly Rate||$12.63 - $25.39|
|Overtime||$10.75 - $37.50|
|Total Pay (||$27,523 - $53,839|
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.Read More...
The addiction counselor acts as a link between patients and various professionals so that they can receive all necessary care, potentially including psychotherapists, medical doctors, hospitals, educational programs, and more. The addiction counselor needs to work with other staff members to develop and monitor treatment plans; they should be innovative and flexible as care needs may vary for each patient, while the need exists to adhere to predetermined standards.The position may involve supervising staff and providing training to them. The counselor must work with patient’s families as well.
A bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field is required for this position, though an advanced degree is often required or preferred. Counseling-related certification may be needed as well. Relevant experience in the field is essential for addiction counselor positions, and these professionals generally need basic computer skills for typing up reports and communications. This is usually a full-time position that takes place during regular business hours.
Addiction Counselor Tasks
- Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.
- Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
- Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
Common Career Paths for Addiction Counselor
Addiction Counselors who transition into an upper level Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counselor makes $35K a year.
Popular Skills for Addiction Counselor
Survey takers who work as Addiction Counselors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Patient Counseling, Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Case Management are also skilled in 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. During the first five years of their careers, Addiction Counselors see a median income of $35K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $36K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Addiction Counselors make a median salary of $42K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Addiction Counselors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $51K.
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