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Addiction Counselor Salary

Pay for Addiction Counselors in the United States is very modest at just $35K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Addiction Counselors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Female Addiction Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (62 percent) are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$25,392 - $49,485
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$25K
$35K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,314
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$11.38 - $22.34
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,392 - $49,485  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
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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$24,805 - $48,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.38 - $22.34  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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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$24,805 - $48,778  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
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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 report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Group Therapy, Case Management, and Counseling can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Addiction Counselors. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $36K on average. Addiction Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $51K.

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Experience Affects Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Addiction Counselor Salaries

Group Therapy
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Case Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%